Stakes upped for international tennis tournament

  • Community Sports
  • Monday, 24 Sep 2018

(From left) Netty Hezreena, Mohamad Taufik and Mohamad Rahizam speaking at the launch.

THE second PKNS Real Estate Sdn Bhd (PREC) Selangor Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) Under-14 Tournament Series which was given a “Grade A” rating will see 128 top players from 16 countries vie for ranking points.

The tournament, is in its fifth and final leg in the ATF under-14 Series after it was held at Terengganu, Sabah, Langkawi and Sarawak.

Selangor Tennis Association (STA) president Datuk Mohamad Taufik Omar said youths from Australia, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Thailand, USA, China, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Nepal, the Philippines and Latvia have thrown in their hat in the court along local players.

Malaysia will be represented by 16 players in the boy’s category and 14 players in the girls’ category.

Among the Malaysians players are Hayden Khoo Menon, Tan Lin En and Zhahin Ilyas Kamarul Zaman along with girls Lim Zan Ning, Lin Sze Xuan and Iman Syuhada Abdullah are just some of the local talents to look out for.

The event will be held from

Sept 24 to 30 at the MBPJ Sports Complex, along SS 3/14, Kelana Jaya, with eight qualifying spots in each category up for grabs.

Mohamad Taufik said the tournament which has been in the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) calendar as a international youth ranking event but will now have more points thanks to the improved tournament grade.

Last year, locals Leroy Yong and Sharifah Elsa Wan Abdul Rahman emerged as champions in the Boys and Girls’ category respectively but will not be featuring in this year’s edition.

PREC Corporate Finance and Strategy general manager Netty Hezreena Abd Malek said they were excited to return as the main sponsor for the tournament.

“This sponsorship is aligned with our mission to support four major pillars of our corporate social responsibility – entrepreneurship, sports, education, and community.

“We see this as a responsibility to contribute to a better development within the society in Selangor, especially among the youth.

“The tournament will be a great platform for Malaysian players to showcase their talent in sports and also compete at international level with the other countries,” she added.

Meanwhile, tournament director Mohamad Rahizam Abdul Rahim said the competition will benefit young Malaysian tennis players and provide the opportunity to score ranking points at an international event, all while inculcating a healthy lifestyle from young,” she said.

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