Talented Tennis Player: Mustafa Raja

Talented Tennis Player: Mustafa Raja

February 3, 2019

Tennis is a global sport and Mysuru has been producing talented tennis players from time to time who have gone on to represent the country in different events. One such player who has made his mark in the State and National level is Mysuru’s upcoming tennis player Mustafa M. Raja. He has been performing consistently in the National-level U-12 & U-14 Tournaments and is among the top Sub-Junior level Tennis players in the country. Recently, Mustafa who took part in the AITA U-12 National Series Tennis Tournament-2019 at KG Ramesh Tennis Centre, Coimbatore, won U-12 Doubles title and finished runner-up in U-12 Singles event. He is our Star this Week.

The 11-year-old Mustafa is a student of Excel Public School and a product of R. Nagaraj’s Tennis Centre, Mysuru. He combined well with Pune lad Arnav and beat the top-seeded pair of Rethin Senthil and Kandhavel Mahalingam 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 10-8 to clinch the title.

In the U-12 boys Singles, Mustafa emerged runner-up. Top-seed Rethin Pranav beat Mustafa 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the title. In the semis, seventh seeded Mustafa shocked third seeded Arnav Vijay 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3. In the quarter-finals, Mustafa beat second seeded Kandhavel Mahalingam 7-6 95), 3-6, 6-0.

Mustafa has been performing well in the National level in U-12 and U14 sections.

Recently in the AITA U-14 Tournament in Mysuru, he fared-well by reaching the quarter-finals in the Singles. In AITA U-12 Talent Series in Bengaluru, top-seeded Mustafa, lost to Rishi of Bengaluru 2-6, 5-7. In the U-14 final, Armaan Ahmed of (TN) beat fifth seed Mustafa 6-3, 7-5 to clinch the title. In the semi-finals, Mustafa beat third seeded R. Sukant 7-6.

Mustafa also won Boys U-12 singles title and finished runner-up in the U-14 Doubles event in the MTC AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament 2018 for U-12 & U-14 (boys & girls) held at MTC, Mysuru, in November 2018. In the U-12 final, top-seed Mustafa beat Anoop Keshavamurthy (TN) 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the title. Mustafa and Yashas finished runner-up in U-14 Doubles.

Mustafa, son of Mutruza Raja and Farida Raja, is currently ranked No.20 in the country in the U-12 section and No.2 in the State.

He has been performing consistently in the National Tournaments and intends to work hard in the days to come.


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