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Kumar: Ultimate Tennis A Hit

The second 2019 Ultimate Fiji Tennis Cup tournament will once again be played as a week-long event at Lautoka, Nadi and Denarau. This was after the success of the inaugural
04 Jan 2019 10:25
Kumar:  Ultimate Tennis A Hit
Participants at the inaugural Ultimate Fiji Tennis Cup at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, Nadi. Photo: Dylan Arvela

The second 2019 Ultimate Fiji Tennis Cup tournament will once again be played as a week-long event at Lautoka, Nadi and Denarau.

This was after the success of the inaugural Ultimate Fiji Tennis Cup last month.

The event featuring players 10-14 years old took place over four days with Australia winning day one and two, Fiji winning day three with day four finished as a draw.

Fiji Head coach Krishneel Kumar, was also happy with how the tournament went.

Kumar was delighted to have another development opportunity open up for young Fijian tennis prospects and feels the future for the game is bright.

“[The Ultimate Fiji Tennis Cup] helps our young players a lot because they play against players from other countries to gain more match experience,” Kumar said.

“It also helps the talented kids who are not able to travel overseas to get valuable tournament and match experience right here in Fiji.

“It is a good time for tennis in Fiji, we are using every opportunity that we get to help more of our players reach the highest stage of tennis that we can get them to.”

Competition director, Bruce Tilt, who also runs the popular Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup, said the tournament was a  success in its first year.

“The competition overwhelmingly surpassed my expectations for its first year,” Tilt said.

“The competition was very keen and there were a lot of players that wanted to get involved so we are looking to expand it in 2019.”

Head coach of the Australian team, Peter Silvestri, hailed the tournament for providing unique experiences for his players.

“I feel the entire trip exceeded all expectations,” Silvestri said.

“[We] love the team environment which is not usual in tennis as it’s an individual sport.

“We also enjoyed making friends with the Fijian team and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the event on and off the court.”

-edited by Osea Bola

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