Starting ’em young in tennis

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  • Wednesday, 09 Nov 2005

LITTLE Simranpreet Kaur is five years’ old and yet is already learning to play tennis with a racquet almost as big as her. 

Despite squaring off with more experienced children at the Ipoh City Council tennis courts, the girl is excited about the sport she started learning to play earlier this year. 

She is the youngest of 62 children in Ipoh taking part in a tennis pro- gramme sponsored by Wilson for young players.  

Her mother Bimmaljit Kaur, 32, said she enrolled her daughter and eight-year-old son Jaycharan Singh to keep them occupied during the weekends. 

“It’s great to see the children get- ting motivated to play,” she said during a tournament at the courts to mark the first anniversary of the programme recently.  

Young participants showing their delight after attending a tennis camp.With them are Perak LTA president Datuk Ahmad Jaafar(centre),Ipoh city councillor Datuk Daniel Tay(on Ahmad's left)and Amer Sports Malaysia Sdn Bhd sales and marketing manager Alan Tang.

The girl’s father, Charan Singh, added that her daughter was so attached to the game and her friends taking part that she would cry if she did not get to go to the courts. 

“I also took up tennis because of my children,” he said. 

Another participant, seven-year-old N. Vesharman, said he loved playing the sport because it was fun competing with his friends. 

“If I can’t be a lawyer, I want to be a professional coach,” said Vesharman, who was accompanied by his mother M. Letchumi. 

Letchumi felt that the programme was good exposure for the children to the world of sports. 

“It’s a good chance for the kids to have fun and not feel they are being pushed into playing,” she said. 

Chief coach Tony Ooi said the programme was to make tennis acces- sible for kids who might not be able to afford private lessons. 

“We also hope to unearth some talent and perhaps even build the children up to be future champions,” said Ooi, adding that they charged RM50 for 16 hours of lessons. 

He invited parents who might be interested to visit the city council tennis courts where lessons were being held every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm and 6pm. 

Ooi can be contacted at 019-5562794.  

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