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Pro-am event set to mark French Open final

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Leading Cambodian pros Phalkum Mam (right) and Long Samneang will be in action on Sunday. Supplied

Pro-am event set to mark French Open final

Tennis Cambodia has hit upon a novel way to mark the men’s singles final of the French Open, at Roland Garros, on Sunday, by holding a 16-team pro-am doubles event at the National Training Center. Following the trophy ceremony all participants will move to the adjoining Cambodian Country Club to watch the final while enjoying a buffet dinner.

In all, 16 amateur players, made up of either sponsors of the event, friends or family of the federation’s members and tennis enthusiasts, will be partnered by professionals for the one-day doubles competition. The pros include Davis Cup players, junior national team members and coaches.

Tennis Cambodia will be partnering with BRED Bank (Cambodia), Pachem Dental Clinic, Pharmacie De La Gare, the French Chamber of Commerce, Le Tour Montfort and the Cambodian Country Club.

The competition will most likely adopt a one-set regular scoring match system where every team is guaranteed at least two matches, made possible with a back-draw for teams losing in the first round. The final match will be umpired and have ball boys.

“It’s great to be able to hold a pro-am as this lets our partners be directly involved as players. It’s very interesting to also hold it in conjunction with a grand slam and to be able to watch the final together. After being on the court all day, it should be a nice way to celebrate both events,” secretary-general of Tennis Cambodia Tep Rithivit said.

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