Pune: Fresh off her Asian Games success, Indian tennis star Rutuja Bhosale is now aiming to secure a 2024 Paris Olympics quota and more Grand Slams by breaking into the top-200 with the unwavering support of Punit Balan Group (PBG). Progress is being made towards ensuring presentation. PBG has always provided a steady pillar of support to Rutuja for two years in her journey of excellence. Punit Balan, Chairman, Punit Balan Group (PBG) and Swapnil Gugle, husband of Rutuja, former captain of the Maharashtra Ranji Cricket Team, and Janhvi Dhariwal. Honored in the presence of Balan and his mother.
Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, Rutuja shared her thoughts and determination. “I have set my sights on the Paris Olympics. In tennis, like other sports, one cannot book an Olympic quota despite winning at the Asian Games. "I have to improve my ranking and make my way from 320 to top 200 to ensure a place in the Grand Slams as well as secure entry," commented Rutuja. Speaking on the occasion, Punit Balan said, "Rituja is a role model for many young aspiring athletes in the country. PBG as a group is committed to supporting talented players like Rutuja and providing them the necessary financial support. I am sure that Rutuja will strive hard to compete at the Olympics." Will work hard and continue her journey towards her goal and ensure her presence in the Grand Slam.
Bhosale has made significant progress in his world ranking with the help of Punit Balan Group, resulting in a career-high ranking of 313 in singles. She has also won seven ITF titles in the last two years, including six in the doubles category. While the financial assistance has given her more relief and helped her focus on her game rather than worrying about the lack of funds and various other challenges, Rutuja thanked PBG for their constant support and encouragement. “Representing India and winning the Asian Games gold medal in mixed doubles after a long time of 13 years was a proud moment for me and Rohan (Bopanna). Rutuja said, “I am grateful for all the help and support we have received to get us on the podium.” Punit Balan has been involved in various sports leagues in tennis, handball, table tennis, kho kho, badminton, cricket, arm wrestling and chess. Owns eight sports teams in the U.S. Additionally they provide financial assistance to around 60 aspiring athletes across the country across multiple sporting disciplines.