Even as the two Cambodian juniors, Hour Sreypov and Ho Sreynoch left the disappointments on the court behind on Sunday and went on to soak up the unique experience of watching the official draw ceremony of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals presented by SC Global Singapore, the secretary-general of Tennis Cambodia, Tep Rithivit, is among the special invitees for the weekend’s semi-finals and final as well as the glamorous Singapore Tennis Evening at the Marina Bay Sands.
Sports Singapore, the main force behind the year-ending multimillion dollar WTA Finals has extended the invitation to Tep Rithivit as one of the leaders of the South East Asia region.
“I am indeed honoured to be invited by Sports Singapore for such a high profile event.
I am looking forward to this trip as a great opportunity to watch the best of women’s tennis and also meet heads of various agencies to strengthen regional cooperation and networking,” Tep Rithivit told the Post yesterday.
“I am grateful to the organisers for giving two of our juniors a chance to compete in the Future Stars. It is a life changing experience for the girls and a great inspiration for the hundreds who are in our tennis development programs,” he said.
Sreypov and Sreynoch had no cheer in the consolation event set aside for the losers of the preliminary matches.
Both the Cambodian entrants were beaten twice each during the day, but the evening brought them an amazing experience of watching the WTA Finals field of eight singles players and doubles teams walk on stage.
While the Future Stars in the main draw were lucky to receive an autographed racket from a star player on stage, the rest of the girls including Sreypov and Sreynoch got their prized gift the next day.
Sreypov got a Yonex racket signed by Angelique Kerber of Germany and Sreynoch received a Wilson racket from Chan Hao Ching of China.
After taking part in the fun-filled opening night ceremony, the Cambodian girls were thrilled to watch an exciting three-setter in which Maria Sharapova won out against Agnieszka Radwanska, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.