(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
Tennis is another game that has occupied the interest of young men and women on Tuvalu’s capital, Funafuti.
Tournament Manager and a member of the Tuvalu Tennis Federation Organizing Committee, Mr. Alemenia Auega told KMT News that the tournament was opened last Friday evening at the Manu ote Kaulapuka court by three staff members from the National Bank of Tuvalu namely Kiritome Baueri, Alpha Taeka and Mitilelei Puava.
He said the NBT is willing to sponsor another tournament in the near future.
However, in the Juniors Category, Mr. Auega said there are two groups to compete and that include the under 14 boys and girls, and the other group include boys and girls under 10.
The prizes for this category is twenty dollars for first position, ten dollars for second place and five dollars for third place.
While the rest of the competitors will be awarded with two books and two pencils each.
The other categories include the men’s and women’s singles, the men’s and women’s doubles, and the mixed doubles. This will be a knockout competition.
The other category is the Mixed Open and it is opened to the age group of 45 and above, and those their weight exceed 110kg.
“Because it is a Mixed Open, it is up to those interested to choose their partners either mixed or men’s and women’s double, and they have to do their own registration,” Mr. Auega said. This will be a round robin competition.
The prizes for these categories are fifty dollars for the winners, thirty dollars for second place and twenty dollars for third position.
The tournament kicked start yesterday evening and the results will be published on the next issue.
TTF planned this tournament as a way of protecting its members from non-communicable diseases, the young ones to learn and know how to play the game, and the matured people to continue using their talents in the game of tennis.
The NBT Tennis Open 2018 will last for two weeks.
KMT News learnt that this is the TTF’s first tournament for this year, 2018.

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