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Tennis championship draws huge support

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, May 08, 2014

CHANGES have been made to the age categories at this year's West Pacific Regional Championship to bring it in line with the international junior tennis categories.

The tournament, which started at the Regional Tennis Centre in Nadovu, Lautoka on Monday, has attracted an overwhelming response.

International Tennis Federation Pacific Oceania development officer Darran Wrighton said the tournament got off to a fantastic start.

Wrighton, who holds coaching certificates from both the British Lawn Tennis Association and Tennis Australia, said the number of participants had increased this year.

"It is certainly nice to see so many players," he said.

"The number has increased from 55 last year to about 70 this year. The age categories have been changed this year.

"Last time we had the under-12, U15 and U18 categories but this year we have the U12, U14 and U16 categories. The reason to change is because there was hard transition from U12 to U15 and U15 to U18. So it was felt that it falls in line with what happens internationally."

At the end of the tournament the rankings of the players and the nations will be determined. Wrighton said the level of tennis was high.

"The players are serious in their approach on the courts," he said.

"They are battling for their countries. The matches are tight and played in good spirits.

"We will be doing the nations rankings. We take the top four results with the singles and the doubles. This will give the nations their standings and so they work on to improve their tennis."

The finals will be held on Saturday.


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