Fiji wants to host more world junior ranking events

TENNIS Fiji intends to host more International Tennis Federation (ITF) world junior ranking events to boost the sport in the country.

Tennis Fiji in partnership with the Fiji National Sports Commission recently hosted the South Pacific Junior Championship and the Pacific Junior Championship at the Regional Tennis Centre in Lautoka.

The tournaments attracted competitors from the United States of America, Germany, India, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Australia, New Zealand, Northern Marianas and Papua New Guinea.

Tennis Fiji president Richard Breen said the standards at the ITF tournaments were really high.

“It gives an exposure to our junior players and other kids part of the development program to see what it is like to be on that path of professionalism,” Breen said.

“We got good support from many sponsors like the Fiji National Sports Commission (FNSC) which enables us to host these ITF events.

“It was great to witness the upcoming players who in four or five years from now will be playing on the international stage like the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour and Women’s Tennis Association Tour.”

Meanwhile a recruitment drive for volunteers has been launched to give them an opportunity to impact on the health and well-being of children in the country through the provision of increased activity using Tennis Australia’s proven program, Tennis Hot Shots.

According to a press release, Tennis Fiji and Tennis Australia have been building a capacity to provide playing opportunities for the children so that they can develop their physical, cognitive and social skills in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.

The volunteers will be working closely with FNSC development officers in rural and remote communities to deliver outreach programs, girl’s sports camps and inclusive programs in special skills, and assisting with training of teachers in delivering the program in school settings.

The role of the volunteers will be to support existing activities and will also focus on building capacity for the delivery of inclusive Tennis Fiji activities in rural and regional areas using the FNSC’s “educate the educator” and ‘train the trainer’ programs.

Application form is available on the Oceania Tennis Federation website.

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