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Former Fiji number one ready to help Fiji tennis

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, January 17, 2013

FORMER Fiji tennis champion Sanjeev Tikaram is keen to coach the national team during the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

Tikaram, who is in the country on holiday, is studying to become a personal trainer in Brisbane.

Based at The Gap Health and Racquet Club, Tikaram has already completed a certificate three to become a gymnasium trainer.

Tikaram said when he completes the next level he would add the personal trainer title to his professional coaching position.

He said Fiji's chances of winning medals during the PG in PNG were good.

"Fiji sent a young team to the last Pacific Games in New Caledonia," Tikaram said.

"That was a smart move. The young players have been travelling to New Zealand and Australia to participate in tournaments.

"There are a couple of players in the United States of America.

"I have been out of the country for a while but have been keeping a tab on the players through the internet.

"Annie Shannon is a bright prospect. She has really picked up in the last couple of months. I played with Tarani Kamoe last week in Nadi and she is a strong player.

"I'm available to coach the national side if the Fiji Tennis Association gives me the chance."

Tikaram is one of the last tennis players to win a medal in the regional event. He won bronze medals in the singles and team events during the 1999 South Pacific Games in Guam.

He represented Fiji in many SPGs and also played in tournaments across the world including France, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Dubai, Pakistan, Oman, Jordan, Qatar and England.

Tikaram holds the record of winning the National Championship titles for eight years in a row.

He is the only local to win the Fiji Open Championship back to back.

Tikaram was selected in the Oceania Davis Cup team for five years and was Fiji's number one for more than a decade.

He moved to Australia in 2005 after serving as the head coach for the International Tennis Federation Pacific Oceania region.


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