Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Novices eager to overcome a nervous start

Novices eager to overcome a nervous start

Coach Som (in green) leads his players in a practice session. Photo supplied
Coach Som (in green) leads his players in a practice session. Photo supplied

Novices eager to overcome a nervous start

Cambodia’s five-member squad of fresh faces drawn from its grassroots program got a first taste of regional competition earlier this week at the ongoing ITF under-14 event in Ho Chi Minh City.

With four out of the five travelling outside the country for the first time, the players were understandably edgy in the first of the two tournaments and ended up with no wins.

But they are eager to put the lessons learnt in those matches for good and get better results when they move into the next event, predicted travelling coach Run Dun, who is more popularly known as Coach Som and for whom this is also his first big break.

For the first time, Tennis Cambodia chose two female players, Nyem Srey Noch and Lou Reaksmey, both of whom are from Siem Reap’s booming grassroots initiative.

It highlighted the steady progress being made in the northwest region headed by head coach Scott Windus, who also mentored Som to fit the role he is playing in the development.

Also on the team are Chhieu Chaya from Phnom Penh, Rouert Sampun from Battambang, and Soum Rootha from Siem Reap.

The ITF Asia 14 and Under Development Championships is being played out at Phu Tho Tennis Club.

With the first event now out of the way, the Cambodian players are looking for the start of the week to compete again and improve their record before they return on January 20 all the wiser for this unique exposure as never before have so many players been sent to another country for a similar ITF event.

Results from Event 1

Boys singles
Soum Rootha lost to Namiq Shahid from the Maldives, 4-2, 4-1
Rouert Sampun lost to U
Purevdorj from Mongolia, 4-0, 4-0
Chhieu Chaya, after receiving a bye in the first round, lost to 16th seeded Quang Vinh Nguyen from Vietnam, 6-0, 6-0

Girls singles
Lou Reaksmey lost to 5th seeded Polina Yancharuk from Kyrgyzstan, 6-1, 6-0
Nyem Srey Noch lost to Mashfia Afrin from Bangladesh 6-0, 6-1. Mashfia holds a ranking of 321 in the ITF/ATF Junior Rankings.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Knockout! Kun Khmer replaces ‘Muay’ for Phnom Penh Games

    Cambodia has decided to officially remove the word Muay from the programme of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2023 in May. “Kun Khmer” will instead be used to represent the Southeast Asian sport of kickboxing, in accordance with the wishes of the Cambodian people. Vath

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • New int’l airport nearly half complete as travel industry returns to life

    Construction of a new airport that is slated to serve the capital has passed the 43 per cent completion mark, raising prospects for a proper recovery in the civil aviation and tourism sectors as international travellers return to the Kingdom in increasingly large numbers. The figure

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,