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Jakarta Post

SEA Games: Passion, determination drives veteran Thai tennis star Tamarine

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Manila, Philippines   /   Tue, December 10, 2019   /  05:18 pm
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Thai tennis ace Tamarine Tanasugarn prepares to serve during the women's doubles final at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines on Saturday, Dec. 7. (JP/Ramadani Saputra)

For Thailand’s most successful female tennis player Tamarine Tanasugarn, the answer to all those who ask why she wants to continue competing at the age of 42 is simple. Tammy, as she is called by her family and fans, just loves the sport. “I love tennis. I just love the challenge, that’s my thing. My goal is improve my world ranking and qualify for the Olympics next year,” she told The Jakarta Post recently. “I’ll try. I’ll try. It’s not easy but I’ll try.” Thailand’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTAT) convinced Tammy, a former world number 19, to come out of retirement for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. Tammy’s last SEA Games was in 2015 in Singapore, where she bagged bronze in the women’s doubles. Turning pro in 1994, Tammy decided to hang up her racket in 2016. That same yea...