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Inaugural Island Tennis Tournament slated for next month

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The inaugural Island Tennis Tournament will be staged at the Samloem Laguna Resort from March 6-8. Supplied

A tennis tournament that will feature local and foreign players will be held next month in one of Cambodia’s most popular island destinations.

The Island Tennis Tournament, as the event is officially called, will be held at the Samloem Laguna Resort in Koh Rong Sanloem from March 6 to 8. This will be the first tennis tournament for Koh Rong Sanloem.

Located off the coast of Sihanoukville, Koh Rong Sanloem is one Cambodia’s most popular tourist destinations. Locals and guests from Europe, North America and other parts of Asia often visit the island for fun and relaxation. The well-known Saracen Bay is located within Koh Rong Sanloem.

Established in 2015, Samloem Laguna Resort is among the few luxury accommodations on the island.

The tournament will be held in honour of International Women’s Day and is intended to promote the sport on the island and nearby areas, according to Samloem Laguna Resort CEO Indrek Raud.

“The purpose is to build awareness of the opportunity to play on the island. Right now majority of the tennis is taking place in Phnom Penh,” he pointed out.

“The more opportunities there is to play, the more popular the game will become. For example, in some Western countries, tennis players are treated like stars. Whereas, in Cambodia, nobody knows that there is a national team,” Raud added. “Tennis is a great sport which can be played throughout our lifetime. It enhances the motor skills, coordination and physical endurance. Cambodia’s weather is very conducive for outdoors play throughout the year.”

The tournament comes with a single format: mixed doubles. The top prize is a three-night stay at one of the resort villas.

“The initial plan was for eight participants. But now, more than 40 people are interested in joining the tournament,” he said. Those interested include French, Cambodians, Germans and Americans, according to Raud.

Raud said they have plans to hold regular tennis competitions in the future. “We are planning to hold it on a yearly basis. And possibly, we will have another tournament in November,” he ended.

Tennis is increasingly becoming popular in Cambodia, according to local media reports. In the last few years, Tennis Cambodia and partners have organised more than a few tennis competitions in Phnom Penh and other provinces. These include the Decathlon Junior Series 2019 and the ongoing SEARA Tennis Series of Cambodia.


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