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Fiji tennis to host Oceania events

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, December 27, 2013

FIJI will host three Pacific Oceania tennis tournaments next year sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation and Oceania Tennis Federation.

The tournaments will be held at the Construction Equipment Hire Regional Tennis Federation courts in Lautoka.

The first tournament will be the South Pacific Open Championship from June 23 to June 28.

The second tournament will be the Oceania Tennis Federation Regional Open Championship from June 30 to July 5 while the third will be the Oceania Closed Junior Championship from August 4 to August 8.

The tournaments are set to attract players from Japan, Singapore, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

Fiji Tennis Association executive and national coach Naga Reddy said it was a positive sign for the two international federations to recognise the country as an ideal venue for top class junior tennis tournaments.

Reddy said the local players would be given a chance to participate in the qualifiers for the tournaments.

"Our players have done well in the junior tournaments previously," he said.

"This year Tarani Kamoe reached the semi-final of the South Pacific Open Championship.

"This is the only time that one of our players reached that stage.

"Tarani is now in the United States.

"The ITF junior program has been beneficial for our players and others from the region. It has set a pathway for the players to secure overseas scholarships.

"We are very grateful to ITF and Oceania for all the investment in the region."

Tarani's feat in the South Pacific Open Championship propelled her to a career best world junior ranking of 427.

She won the Fiji Open women's title in 2012. Tarani lost in the final to Papua New Guinea's Marcia Tere-Apisah this year.

Meanwhile, the Oceania Tennis Federation annual general meeting will be held in the country in April next year.