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Lack of domestic competitions weakens RI men’s tennis

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 23 2019   /  12:22 am

A 3-1 defeat to New Zealand in the Davis Cup Group II Asia-Oceania Zone last weekend has perfectly summed up the crashing state of Indonesian tennis, especially in the men’s team.Former national player Feby Widhiyanto, who took the role of non-playing captain in the Davis Cup, revealed that the biggest hurdle in the development of Indonesian tennis is a lack of domestic tournaments.This year, the Indonesian Tennis Association (Pelti) has scheduled 21 national tournaments and seven internationals for the junior level. In the senior category, the association has listed at least five national tournaments.However, in the men’s division, Indonesia only has the Combiphar Tennis Open as the sole regular international competition. The Open, of which the 2019 edition was held in three series last month, is part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s world tour and categorized as...