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The 3rd of August saw the official beginning to the Singapore Tennis Association (STA) Advanced Singles & Doubles II 2013 at the Kallang Tennis Centre. With the Pesta Sukan Tennis Championships having just concluded on the 28th of July, this STA tournament will bring good news to all tennis lovers out there.
The Pesta Sukan Tennis Championships saw world players and experienced players with professional backgrounds and credentials compete over the 16-day championship. While the championships were played on a higher professional level, the STA tournament caters to the junior level players.
“The level of play is a step down from the Pesta Sukan Tennis Championships which catered to people with more advanced skill levels,” explained Wilson Tay, the tournament director of the STA.
With the increase in demand for competitive tournaments for local junior players, the STA Advanced Singles and Doubles II is just one of the many other tournaments that are organized by STA on an all-year-round basis. There are various competing categories for different levels of play, ranging from the Advanced levels to Intermediate and Open levels.
“It’s a preparatory event for the juniors to test themselves so that they can grow. In the Pesta Championships, the juniors may not have been able to progress further but it is not because they do not have the skills, but because they face off against much older and experienced players, so this is set in motion for them so that they do not have to travel overseas to compete for the experience,” said Tay.
In this tournament, the juniors have an opportunity to compete against participants of the same age group and caliber, as well as older and more experienced players who are in the same league. The month of August will also see the STA Open Single & Doubles III tournament where players of all ages coe together to pit their skills against each other.
“In the Pesta Championships, I actually played against Stefanie Tan, who is one of the top tennis players in Singapore. Even though this event is not as big as the Pesta, it helps us to learn and gain experience when competing with the older and more experienced players build up our confidence,” expressed 13-year-old Meg Ang.
The STA Advanced Singles & Doubles II matches are played during fairly favourable timings for tennis enthusiasts who want to head their way down to the Kallang Tennis Centre to witness the action. The schedules on weekdays are from 6 P.M to 11 P.M, 2 P.M to 11 P.M on Saturdays, and 9 A.M onwards on Sundays. More tournament information can be found on the STA’s official website at www.singtennis.org.sg.