The Singapore Tennis Festival is back with a bang. Photo: Sport Singapore
Tennis fanatics can soon rejoice as the annual Singapore Tennis Festival (STF) is almost here. This year's edition returns with a bang, as Singapore will be playing host to the Davis Cup, a premier international team event in men's tennis from 26 - 29 June at the OCBC Arena.
Held in conjunction with the tournament is also the third edition of the Singapore Tennis Festival. There will be a flurry of tennis activities for people from all walks of life to participate in, including the Experience Tour from 26 - 29 June, where people can learn more about the sport and meet our Team Singapore athletes.
As part of the STF, there will be three categories of competitions – corporate, inter-club and Merdeka Generation/Masters tournament. There will also be a Parent-Child tennis-themed 2D1N camp, as well as clinics for families to try out tennis together and bond over.
As part of the STF, there will be a Merdeka Generation/Masters tournament. Photo: Sport Singapore
For Sharin Jamal, senior coach at the ActiveSG Tennis Academy, coming together to share the sport as a family is exactly what it's all about – as both his father Jamal, and his son, Adam are into tennis. "As a family, it's always good to share a common interest. For us it happens to be this. Every Sunday it's a must that we're on the court together," said Coach Sharin. "Sport in itself has a lot of values infused in it, like discipline. Coming from my father, who taught me how to play, to sacrifice, those are the values that I too want to hand down to Adam."
On the return of the Singapore Tennis Festival, Coach Sharin says: "I think it means a huge deal for tennis, this festival. I think sometimes tennis lacks that focal point and that's what the STF has done."
Sharin Jamal (first from left), senior coach, ActiveSG Tennis Academy, with his son Adam and father Jamal. Photo: Sport Singapore
"I think guys like us, we relate to our local boys a lot more. Of course we know the superstars like Federer and Nadal, but these local athletes are the ones we say hi to, the guys we spend time with," said Coach Sharin, at the Kallang Tennis Centre as he spoke about our top local players Steve Ng, Roy Hobbs, Shaheed Alam and Jensen Hiu qualifying for the tournament. "They're our friends. And to see these friends playing on home soil, against these other talents. When else are we going to watch live Davis matches like that? It's a huge deal and we should get together behind them to support them," says Coach Sharin.
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