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Chhieu Apsara is to take part in the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore.
Chhieu Apsara is to take part in the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore. Photo supplied

Phalkun heading to tennis coaches meet as young hopeful competes in Singapore

Davis Cupper Phalkun Mam, who also heads Tennis Cambodia’s junior development wing, will attend the 20th ITF worldwide coaches conference in Bulgaria from October 11 to 14 as one of the recipients of this year’s ITF Educational Grant.

The event is being organised by the game’s world governing body in association with the Bulgarian Tennis Federation at the Hotel Marinela Sofia.

Held every two years, the conference is the ITF’s largest coaching event, the theme of which this year is “Journey of the Player”.

More than 600 coaches from 91 member nations will attend the 20th edition featuring an array of famous speakers including Magdalena Maleeva, Mary Pierce and Louis Cayer.

During the conference, many of the world’s leading coaches and international sports science experts along with national trainers and technical directors will present up-to-date information related to tennis training.

Apsara set for Singapore adventure
One of the country’s steadily improving female players, Chhieu Apsara will take part in the 2017 WTA Future Stars event in Singapore in the company of travelling coach Chhay Manakseka.

Cambodia will be among 21 countries represented in the week-long event to be held from October 16-23. While Apsara has been included from the 14 and under category, 16 and under nominee Ho Sreynoch missed out due to injury.

As well as competing, Apsara will attend the WTA final official draw ceremony featuring the top eight women players in the world.

She will also be present for the opening ceremony of the WTA Final and will also partake in a Singapore sightseeing adventure.

It will be an eye-opener for the 13-year-old Apsara, who has been ranked the No1 player in the 14 and under for the past two years.

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