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Kingdom’s tennis prodigies in Thailand test

Leng Sarinreach (left) and Sam Davith will represent Cambodia at the ITF-ATF Development Championships in Bangkok. Photo supplied
Leng Sarinreach (left) and Sam Davith will represent Cambodia at the ITF-ATF Development Championships in Bangkok. Photo supplied

Kingdom’s tennis prodigies in Thailand test

Two promising youngsters who finished the 2015 junior circuit on a high, Leng Sarinreach and Sam Davith, have been picked to represent Cambodia in the ITF-ATF 14 and Under Development Championships in Bangkok from Sunday to January 30 under the auspices of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand.

The fortnight-long event, split into two one-week tournaments, is a step behind the Division I Championship, which showcases stronger countries in the ASEAN region.

Similar to last year’s field in Ho Chi Minh City, the tournaments will include players from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan and Israel, as well as an ITF team of individuals from various other countries that can send only one player.

Before the start of the first tournament a one-day training camp will be held to gauge the level of the participating players to determine the seedings.

The tournament will follow a compass draw format in which no matter where a player loses, they are placed into another draw with a player with a similar result.

The main purpose of this format is to give players more matches to gain greater competitive experience.

While Sarinreach, who tops the 14-and-under rankings, competed in Vietnam last year, his partner Sam Davith, who swept all the titles in the U12s in the 2015 cycle except one, will be on his first trip outside the country.

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