INDONESIA – Today, 30 Indonesian budding young tennis players enhanced their on-court skills, through a WTA Future Stars Clinic with Asian tennis legends and former Top 20 WTA Players, Yayuk Basuki and Tamarine Tanasugarn. The session in Jakarta marks the third stop in the WTA Future Stars Clinic program.
Hosted at the Yayuk Basuki Tennis Academy, the WTA Finals Legend Ambassadors gave tips to 10 of the best local junior players, before spending the afternoon with 20 children from local orphanage Yayasan Rumah Piatu. The orphanage provides free shelter, education and care to young orphans, abandoned and underprivileged children regardless of their ethnicity, religion and race. This is the second year these children have participated in the WTA Future Stars clinic.
Besides giving the participants feedback on their strokes, Tanasugarn and Basuki offered advice on the importance of teamwork, doubles match strategy and the keys to success on court. The accomplished pair also inspired the children with tales of life on tour, and the opportunities and challenges when travelling to pursue a career as a professional tennis player.
With six WTA singles titles and nine doubles titles, local hero Basuki shared her experience with the next generation saying, “Tennis has given me such a great life, and I have learnt so many valuable lessons on the court that have helped me off the court. I am proud to be a role model to the next generation and I hope that more of them aspire to achieve success and work hard towards it.”
Former WTA World No. 20 and holder of four singles as well as eight doubles titles, Tanasugarn was excited to be in Jakarta to return the favour, after Basuki had visited Thailand in May earlier this year for the WTA Future Stars Bangkok event.
After the clinic she shared, “I am so pleased to be part of the WTA Future Stars programme which I think is very important as it promotes the sport throughout our region. To be able to work with WTA and partner with Yayuk to reach out to the next generation in South East Asia means a lot to me, and hopefully we inspire them to pursue their passion for tennis.”
The WTA Future Stars Clinic is part of a regional platform to promote tennis among children throughout Asia-Pacific, which includes the WTA Future Stars Tournament. Held in conjunction with the WTA Finals this October, the tournament brings together players from 21 markets in the Asia-Pacific region on their very own junior Road to Singapore. Each country sends two representatives for the U14 and U16 categories respectively.
“It is a privilege for us as the WTA to be in the position to positively influence the youth of this region. Through the WTA Future Stars programme and the involvement of our WTA Legends like Yayuk and Tammy, we hope to encourage children in Asia to live a better life through sport. This platform allows us to not only inspire junior players to continue to pursue their passion in tennis, but also to educate others through sport so that we can look forward to seeing more children with racquets in hand,” said Melissa Pine, Vice President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals.
To wrap up the day, the WTA and WTA Finals promoters Lagardère Sports hosted a cocktail evening attended by media and stakeholders at the Sultan Hotel to promote The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore 2017 presented by SC Global. The crown-jewel of the WTA calendar will take place in Singapore from October 22 – 29 2017 where the best in women’s tennis will compete for the year’s biggest prize purse of US$7 million. Players accumulate points throughout the season and the top eight singles players and doubles teams on the Porsche Race to Singapore leader board then compete in the season finale at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.