Fijian youngsters exposed to international competition

Nadi Muslim College sprint Queen Merewai Linda Rabete (right) wins the Senior Girls 100m Final at the Nadi Zone yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Nadi Muslim College sprint Queen Merewai Linda Rabete (right) wins the Senior Girls 100m Final at the Nadi Zone yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

SIX Fijian junior tennis players who were part of a tour to Australia in January were exposed to international competition.

Sports development and engagement adviser Paul Owen said it was a great achievement for tennis in Fiji especially the players who had learnt a lot in the two weeks tour.

“The six players travelled to Albury, New South Wales and Wodonga, Victoria before finishing their tour with a visit to the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne,” he said.

“The players did really well on their first week at Albury. Grace Debalev was runner-up in the 10 and under girls singles and partnered with Zeta to be runner-up in the 10 and under girl’s doubles.

“The second week was also a tight one. Some of the team members were a bit tired as there was one whole week of tennis and it was very hot in Albury.

“But despite all that Grace came out winner in her 10 and under girls singles category and Zeta Kumar was runner-up in the same category in Wodonga.

“They both showed very aggressive games.

“They also took out the doubles title in their category.”

The touring party thanked Tennis Fiji for seeing the potential in the players and sending them on these tours.

“It is always an eye-opener to them especially when they have to stay with families who are totally new to them.

“These families were an absolute blessing to the kids and we are so grateful and thankful to them.”

The players that toured Australia were Storm Cornish, Daniel Kumar, Sam Nicholaus, Abbas Jiwanji, Grace and Zeta.

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