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Thanyapura Named Asia’s Best Tennis School Ahead Of Latest Women’s Itf Pro Circuit Showdown

July 10, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

unnamed (6)On the eve of the latest ITF Women’s Pro Circuit tournament at Thanyapura Phuket, the active healthy lifestyle resort has been named Asia’s best tennis school and one of the world’s top 50 tennis resorts in a readers’ survey by Tennis Resorts Online. 

From July 12-26, the Chang SAT ITF Women’s Pro Circuit 2014 returns to Thanyapura, with two one-week tournaments running consecutively, each offering USD25,000 in prize money. Phuket Vice Governor Dr. Sommai Preechasilpa will preside over the opening ceremony on July 15 at 9.30-10.00am followed by the opening game played by No. 1 seeded of Thai tennis player. 

Amongst the international main draw players lining-up are Noppawan ‘Nok’ Lertcheewakarn #215 and Nicha ‘If’ Lertpitaksinchai #330, are amongst the team players for the Federation Cup Thailand. Below is the list of international main players:

Erika SEMA (JPN) #178 
Su Jeong JANG (KOR) #214 
Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) #223 
Yung-Jan CHAN (TPE) #245 
Yurika SEMA (JPN) #252 
Doroteja ERIC (SRB) #254 
Ling ZHANG (HKG) #259 
Kai-Chen CHANG (TPE) #272 
Constance SIRILLE (FRA) #273 
Yi-Fan XU (CHN) #285 
Mari TANAKA (JPN) #303 
Zuzana ZLOCHOVA (SVK) #308 
Elise MERTENS (BEL) #311 
Lena-Marie HOFMANN (GER) #312 
Junri NAMIGATA (JPN) #337 
Jia-Jing LU (CHN) #341 
Polina LEYKINA (RUS) #346

The best tennis school and top resort awards are the latest in a cavalcade of international acclaim for Thanyapura, and yet another endorsement that its ground-breaking approach to sport, health, wellness and education are working, not least in the world of tennis. 

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Tennis Programme Director Roger Cochrane said Thanyapura now frequently hosts regional and international tennis tournaments and welcomes teams and players from around the world coming to train. Earlier this year Thanyapura hosted a Davis Cup tie between Thailand and Hong Kong, when the event had to be shifted from the trouble-hit capital at short notice. 

“It’s probably no coincidence that being voted ‘best tennis school’ follows the recent establishment of the Thanyapura Elite Junior Sport Academies,” said Mr Cochrane.

These academies aimed at fostering the talents of exceptional young tennis players, triathletes and swimmers offer an array of the finest sporting facilities in Asia and the cream of trainers and coaches, all specialists in their chosen fields, combined with outstanding educational opportunities at the Phuket International Academy, a full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering full board and week-day boarding options open to students aged 13-18 years. 

Mr Cochrane has over 16 years of worldwide tennis coaching experience, having worked in tennis programs in Canada, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. His ability to find the best in everyone’s tennis game resulted in being selected as the PBI 2006 Professional of the Year.

Thanyapura Executive Chairman Chris McCormack said he was delighted for Thanyapura to be recognised at such a high level for its tennis excellence, which had been an area of great focus and hard work. 

“It’s an honour to receive such a prestigious award, especially because it was voted by the public,” said Mr McCormack, a four-time triathlon world champion. 

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