Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 11, 2018 – Three years ago, Timmy Dutta came to Grand Champions Polo Club with a dream. Today, he is living it. At 16, Dutta is one of the club’s success stories after starting out in its 6-, 8- and 12-goal leagues and now is one of the sport’s young rising stars. On Wednesday, Dutta joined his father, Tim Dutta, and brothers Lucas and Nico Diaz Alberdi for the highly-anticipated 2018 winter season opener at Santa Rita Polo Farm.
Dutta Corp defeated Newport’s Juanse Olivera, Santos Bollini, Lucas Arellano and Tommy Alberti, 12-8, in the Aspen Valley Cup 8-Goal league’s opening game. Lucas Diaz Alberdi, 21, led scoring with five goals and Dutta and Nico Diaz Alberdi, 15, each had three goals. Tommy Alberti led Newport with five goals.
In the next few days, Dutta will compete with Pilot teammates Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres and Curtis Pilot in the Joe Barry Cup against Coca-Cola. The foursome lost their tournament opener to Travieso, another team featuring father and son Teo and Tony Calle, that got its start in the U.S. at Grand Champions.
Timmy Dutta is continuing to play the medium goal tournaments at Grand Champions to hone his skills and learn from older players.
“I like playing with the Pieres brothers, they are a great bunch of guys,” Dutta said. “I am learning their system. They have their own system. It’s very interesting. I am having fun and playing polo.”
“Playing with my family is fun for me, we played in Argentina,” Dutta said. “Being family you have natural chemistry. You can have fun with the ball and I get to play with my father. For me, I am practicing with the ball so when I get to the 20 I don’t want to make mistakes. At the end of the day, when you make mistakes it’s a goal at that level.”
Tim Dutta started playing polo in India. After a 20-year hiatus to raise his family and build a successful company, he returned to the game when his son started playing at age 12 at Grand Champions. Dutta Corp is one of the most successful teams in Grand Champions 11-year history.
“We were working towards this opportunity that Mr. Pilot and Pieres brothers gave Timmy, it’s huge,” Dutta said. “I have the same attitude about him today when I watch him play high goal. He is a tiger, he fights for the ball. I really love playing with him especially now with Lucas and Nico. We are family.”
Fifteen teams will compete in this month’s 6-goal Metropolitan Cup, 8-goal Aspen Valley Cup and The Limited Edition 12-Goal Series tournaments at the nation’s largest and innovative USPA-sanctioned polo club nestled in the heart of the world’s winter polo capital.