The International Tennis Federation development officer for Asia, Suresh Menon, has recommended Tennis Cambodia to the world governing body for nomination as the most improved national association in Southeast Asia.
In a letter addressed to president of Tennis Cambodia and Minister for Industry and Handicrafts Cham Prasidh, London-based Suresh Menon pointed out that the facility grant awarded by the ITF to build the National Training Center in Phnom Penh has been impressively utilised for the greater development of tennis in Cambodia.
“Coaching, education programs and ITF Men’s Futures and Junior events have all contributed greatly to the continuous development of tennis,” the ITF development officer noted.
Other factors which Menon said influenced his opinion were the stability within the national association and the transition of Davis Cup players into national coaches.
“Phalkun Mam and Bun Kenny are greatly contributing to the future success of programs such as Play and Stay. When I add up all these factors, it is plainly obvious that Tennis Cambodia is on the right track to be a successful tennis nation,” he said.
In 2015, the Kingdom’s Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI) was recognised as one of the most successful programs among all JTI countries the ITF support. In recognition of this success, the Federation was awarded additional equipment this year.
In the light of the Federation’s continued progress, the ITF will once again recognise its achievements by providing a facility grant as well as additional JTI equipment in 2017.