ATF Reveals Plans To Boost Junior Tennis In Asia
The Asian Tennis Federation has "outlined several developmental projects in the next few years to boost junior tennis in Asia," including the introduction in '13 of an Under-16 Asian Tour for Int'l Tennis Federation events and the creation of an Under-18 regional team championship, according to H S Manjunath of the PHNOM PENH POST. ATF President Anil Khanna has also announced special grants to the Tennis Federation of Cambodia and Lao Tennis Federation for conducting Asian Under-14 series non-hospitality events this year. Some of the ATF’s new initiatives include the revival of Asian Championship, strengthening and expansion of the Asian Under-14 series, making ITF Junior events in Asia part of an exclusive Asian Tour and holding an Asian Under-18 Team championship, along with putting the Asian Tennis Centre to greater use for junior programs. The ATC "intends to turn its well-equipped Nonthaburi facility" into a central hub that all Asian nations could use. Setting up of training camps for developing nations has been given top priority (PHNOM PENH POST, 8/8).