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Top players back

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, July 12, 2014

FORMER national reps Daneric Hazelman and Devashkar Reddy will mark their return to competitive tennis on the local scene at the Courts Nadi Open at the Nadi Sports Club courts today.

Both players are eyeing a spot in the national team for next year's Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

They are former International Tennis Federation students who received scholarships to broaden their skills at the New Mexico Military Institute in the US.

Hazelman is now the head coach at the institute while Devashkar returned more than a year ago and is studying at the University of the South Pacific.

Nadi Open tournament referee Sachin Reddy said the duo would spice up the tournament.

Sachin said there would be no separate events for males and females.

"We will start off with the over-45 years, social and open events," he said.

"It will be male and female combined events to make it more competitive. This will be an ideal selection ground for next year's Pacific Games.

"The open category has attracted a big draw of 32 players. We are thankful to Courts for their sponsorship worth $2500."

Youngsters Annie Shannon and Mulan Kamoe will be out to create upsets in the main category.

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