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Tennis players geared up for Mini Games

Monday, November 06, 2017

Team Fiji Tennis coach Robert Krause believes the teams' performance at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan in September has prepared his athletes well for the Pacific Mini Games next month in Vanuatu.

He said the Asian Games was a huge learning experience for the players at a very high level which is much higher than the mini games.

"Competing in the Asian Games and going against some of the top athletes in the Asian region was a real eye opener for the young players.

"It will be easier to compete in Vanuatu as they keep the same intensity as in Ashgabhat, Turkmenistan.

"However, there will obviously be different challenges in Vanuatu though with much more tennis and also different format but lower level.

"The men we have had and will continue to have a good build up to the games; most of the year and especially Asian Games has been a prep stage for our ultimate goal to win medals in Vanuatu.

"They have been working hard and training five hours a day, six days a week in Nadi and have a full time schedule with an international assistant."

Krause said their toughest competition for the men would be New Caledonia and Vanuatu while Papua New Guinea would prove to be the women's toughest opponents.

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