Challenge to become tennis stars

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 May, 2008, 12:00am

Development programme aims to get youngsters involved in the sport

Tennis Stars of the Future 2008 kicked off earlier this month with a series of introductory events aimed at promoting the sport among the public, especially youngsters.

The development programme, organised by the Hong Kong Tennis Association (HKTA), held its first 'Challenge Day' activity on May 1.

The fourth and final Challenge Day will be held this Sunday at Yuen Wo Road Park, Sha Tin, from 9am to 12 noon.

Those aged between six and 14 can show off their skills on the day.

Parents are also welcome to bring their children to help them experience the fun of tennis.

Coaches will keep an eye on youngsters who will be invited to take part in mini-tennis matches. And the coaches will select players who have the potential to become future stars.

They will receive systematic training which will help them hone their all-round skills.

Finally, they will be able to show the results of their hard work at an invitational age-group competition in December.

Upon further assessment, youngsters who successfully completed the programme could be invited to join a number of regional training squads under the HKTA's Junior Development Programme.

Besides identifying talented players, the Tennis Stars of the Future programme aims to promote the sport among students as a healthy pastime and fun, meaningful, extra-curricular activity. Admission is free.

With the support of former French Open champion, Michael Chang, the programme was launched in 1992.

It has since nurtured many home-grown talents, including Jack Hui, Lam Po-kuen and Venise Chan.

They have represented the city at prestigious junior and senior competitions around the world and achieved good results.

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