Lao tennis players warm up before 25th SEA Games

Posted by samakomlao Monday, May 4, 2009

Tennis players test their power at Theun-Hinboun tournament

Lao tennis players are putting their skills to the test at the eighth Theun-Hinboun Tournament at the Vientiane Tennis Club from April 29 to May 28.

More than 100 tennis players from Vientiane and Savannakhet and Champassak provinces are competing in the tournament.

The Lao Tennis Federation (LTF) has entered seven male and four female players in the tournament.

The tournament's opening ceremony took place on Wednesday and was attended by Vice President of the Lao National Sports Committee, Mr Somphou Phongsa, senior officials from the committee and tournament sponsors.

The tournament consists of events for U-12s, 15s and 17s, an open category in A, B and C grades, an open doubles event and over 55s' doubles.

General Manager of Theun-Hinboun Power Company, Mr Robert Allen, presented US$4,000 to LTF President, Mr Houmphone Bouliyaphon, at the ceremony.

Mr Houmphone said the tournament is a friendly event which aims to promote participation and fitness and was organised to coincide with the 123rd anniversary of International Labour Day on May 1.

He said the tournament will also help national players in their preparations for the 25th SEA Games, to be held in Vientiane from December 9-18.

Laos has never won a medal in tennis at the SEA Games level.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

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