Suva to host international lawn tennis

INTERNATIONAL lawn tennis returns to Suva after a lapse of more than a decade with the staging of the Oceania Championship in June.

The championship will be held four days after the Fiji Open and will attract players from Australia and New Zealand.

The last international competition held in Suva was the 2003 South Pacific Games.

Tennis Fiji secretary John Shannon said the idea was to revive the sport in the Capital City.

Shannon said the championship would be held at the Victoria Park complex and the Suva Lawn Tennis Club complex.

“Victoria Park has five courts while Suva Lawn has two,” he said.

“The courts have recently been resurfaced with artificial grass. A total of ten countries will be represented and we expect 60 players. The championship will boost tennis in Suva.”

Shannon said an age criteria would apply for players from Australia and New Zealand.

“Players competing from Australia and New Zealand need to be over the age of 35 years to participate making it an even playing field,” he said.

The championship will be held from June 2-9.

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