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Singh sets sight on PNG

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, July 24, 2014

RAYNALD Singh has set his sights on securing a position in the Fiji team for next year's Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

Singh is one of Tennis Fiji's most improved players this season.

The Nadi player went close to upsetting top seed Ian Honila during the Fiji Open Championship at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club in June.

He defeated top International Tennis Federation scholarship holder Terry Rush at the Courts Nadi Open last week before eventually going down to winner Daneric Hazelman in the final.

Raynald has been part of Tennis Fiji's junior development program from the age of ten and has received a lot of encouragement from his dad Rakesh.

Sachin Reddy, who is Singh's former junior coach, said the player had shown remarkable progress since taking up the sport as a youngster.

"Raynald has won many tournaments in the junior grade over the years," Reddy said.

"He represented Fiji at the West Pacific Qualifying Tournaments. At the moment he is studying in Suva and does his training there.

"Raynald is in line for the Pacific Games next year. He is looking forward to be a part of the squad.

"The ITF regional scholarship players are always tough to beat for our players because of the time they spend training. So it becomes a great achievement when our players overcome them."

Raynald will be part of the elite squad that will tour Australia for 11 days from August 29. The other members include Kunal Singh, Fesaitu Kamoe, Prasund Lal, Mulan Kamoe and Ruby Coffin.


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