MTA gets tough on squad tennis players

2009-07-23 00:00

“THE format for squad tennis on Fridays is changing,” Midlands Tennis Association chairperson Hilary Greenwood told The Witness on Tuesday.

“Over the past year squad tennis has declined with some players coming occasionally, with no real commitment. Some players, however, have shown real commitment and these are the players we need,” said Greenwood.

“We have two very competent, paid coaches and a voluntary convenor of the squad. Some parents have added to the decline in squad tennis by refusing to accept where their children have been put, making the task of running the squad more difficult.”

Greenwood said the MTA wish to give value for money and if this cannot be achieved the squad system would be done away with.

“I am determined to realise the benefits that squad can bring to promising young midlands tennis players, so I have decided to make changes.”

Greenwood said the MTA will invite children to join the squad system.

“These are the only children who will be allowed to play. If a player is not selected in the initial list, the player must make an application to the convenor of squad tennis, Gareth Greenwood. We will accommodate all who really want to succeed. If we feel players are missing too many sessions we may ask them to leave the squad. We want to have a really happy, successful and enthusiastic group of young tennis players.”

Greenwood said that Babolat has come on board with squad tennis and are sponsoring a number of prizes.

“We hope this relationship continues to be a prosperous one for both parties,” he said.

Inquiries: Gareth Greenwood at 072 237 6167 or Hilary Greenwood at 082 553 2971.

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