Please remember us when you become a professional, Liu says.

Kuching: Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) president Datuk Patrick Liew called on junior tennis players not to forget Kuching when they become professional players competing at the professional level.

“Today we will see some of the top players from Asia who will be representing the Asia region at the Junior Championships Wimbledon 2024, which will be held in July.

“So, SLTA is very honored to host all these events. We have seen some of the top junior players here in the past,” he said. He spoke during a speech at the opening ceremony of the ITF Asia Under-14 Development Championship finals.

He said Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios and fellow former Australian tennis player Ashleigh Batty also played on the SLTA courts in 2005.

“They (top players) have played in SLTA tournaments like Nick Kyrgios and Ash Batty, and many other Grand Slam players have also played here in Kuching before,” he said. .

Additionally, Liu advised the players to practice good sportsmanship throughout the tournament and play to the best of their abilities.

“Today, after this week’s SLTA, this will be a good memory for all of you the next time you become a professional player on the Pro Circuit.

“Remember SLTA as one of the better grounds,” he said.

The opening ceremony was also attended by Mr. Xin Weiping, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching, and Mr. Jonathan Stubbs, Representative of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The 2024 ITF Asian Under-14 Development Championship Finals, which will be held from today until April 20, will feature 68 players from 22 countries, including 32 female players.

Competing countries are China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Iran, Maldives, Yemen, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.

Two men and two women from each country will participate, and the top two will advance to Wimbledon.

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