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Cambodia set to host ITF U12 team tourney

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Cambodian qualifiers Rouert Sampin (left) and Tith Kimsan, with Battambang head coach Lun Petou (centre). Photo supplied

Cambodia set to host ITF U12 team tourney

Tennis Cambodia will be hosting for the first time the ITF Southeast Asian 12 and Under Team Championships at the National Training Center from June 25 to 29 involving four other regional nations, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand,

The teams will be made up of a captain and up to three players for both boys and girls. The format is the same as for Davis Cup groups III and IV, with two singles matches followed by doubles.

As only five out of the 10 invited teams will be showing up, the event has been turned into a round-robin with each country playing the others.

The top two finishers will qualify for the ITF Asian 2018 12 and Under Final Team Championships set for later this year. Similar regional qualifying tournaments have been played in West, South, Central and East Asia.

Representing Cambodia in the boys section will be Rouert Sampin of Battambang, Tith Kimsan (Battambang), and Hadrian Franiatte (Siem Reap), and they will be captained by Lun Petou, the head tennis coach of Battambang.

The girls squad will be made up of Sokhar Lisa (Siem Reap) and Holy Sraem from the Holybabys Orphanage in Koh Krabey, Kandal province. They will be led by Sona Thonita from Siem Reap.

Following the National Level Officiating School, which took place in Phnom Penh during the first week of March, Tennis Cambodia will now have an all-Cambodian umpiring staff of eight, with three from Siem Reap and five from Phnom Penh, for the five-day event assisting the chief ITF referee, Anton Dsouza from India.

The newly inducted ITF Development officer for Asia, Jonathan Stubbs, will be visiting Cambodia during the event.

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