BANGKOK – Following the successful first stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the WTA Future Stars has travelled to its next stop on the Road to Singapore – Bangkok, Thailand. Held at the Impact Tennis Academy, former WTA player and the pride of Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn led the clinic which was attended by local junior players as well as children from Childline Thailand Foundation (CTF).
The group of Thai junior players, which included students from the Impact Tennis Academy and national representatives, was able to hear from Tanasugarn herself on what it takes to be a professional tennis player as she shared her experiences travelling the world playing tournaments. The players were excited to be on court with one of their own who proved that it was possible to play at the highest level having been ranked in the Top 20 on the WTA.
After the clinic, Tanasugarn shared, “I am very excited to see all the kids here and I really enjoyed playing tennis with them today. It was great to be able to share some of my experiences and I hope I gave them some good advice!”
Naklo Thasaporn, who represented Thailand and took home the title at the WTA Future Stars tournament in 2014, was also present at the clinic to show her support. The WTA Future Stars tournament brings together players from 17 markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Each country sends two representatives, one each in the U14 and U16 categories, to compete against each other during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
As part of the clinic, 12 children from CTF were also given the opportunity to pick up a tennis racquet for the very first time and learn some of the basic skills of the sport. The CTF runs a nationwide 24-hour telephone helpline and provides its services for any child under the age of 18. The foundation works with various government and NGO stakeholders to safeguard the rights of every child as outlined by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC).
“It is always such a pleasure to see children on court with tennis racquets in their hands and smiles on their faces,” said Vice President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals, Melissa Pine. “The WTA Future Stars platform provides the unique opportunity to reach kids throughout the region, regardless of their age, background or experience. It is with the support of the WTA players like Tamarine Tanasugarn and the tennis community in Asia-Pacific that we are able to share the love for the sport, touch the lives of children, and inspire the next generation.”
Darrelle Eng, WTA, +65 8318 8010, firstname.lastname@example.org
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