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szdaily -> Sports
First China tennis forum held in SZ
    2017-May-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Windy Shao

windysjf@hotmail.com

THE first ever China Tennis Education Development Forum was held at Mission Hills in Shenzhen on Friday, with major participants from the world of tennis hailing it a huge success and vowing to make the event an annual fixture.

Six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker was in attendance, together with representatives from the China Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the Hong Kong Tennis Association (HKTA).

“Since tennis was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1988, it has become one of the big sports in the world. Compared to its hundred of years’ history in Europe, tennis is still very young in China,” said tennis legend Becker.

Becker, who started the Boris Becker Tennis Academy at Mission Hills last year, said it was a big opportunity and challenge for him to start tennis education here.

According to Han Xingyuan, vice director of Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Shenzhen now has two important tennis events every year, the WTA Shenzhen Open and the ATP Shenzhen Open, which attract attention worldwide.

“At present, the number of tennis lovers in the city is about 100,000. We hold more than 100 large or small scale amateur tennis competitions every year and the popularity and level for tennis in Shenzhen are at the national forefront,” Han said.

Vice chairman of Mission Hills Group Tenniel Chu said: “This gathering of truly international organizations was a game-changer for tennis in China as we shared ideas, discussed key issues and worked together to agree the best way forward for the growth of tennis in China. And this is just the start, with everyone agreeing that the China Tennis Education Development Forum will become an annual event and no doubt a key date in the tennis calendar.”

Wimbledon legend Becker added: “This forum can become the G20 Summit for tennis in China, where decisions are made and policies are formed. I am proud to have been a part of it.”

Following keynote speeches from Qing Shanglin, deputy director the China Tennis Association and Han Xingyuan, a series of presentations was led by the LTA’s former head of coach development Dan Thorp, who was recently appointed as director of the Boris Becker Tennis Academy at Mission Hills.

Under the theme of “serving up a road map for tennis in China,” further discussions were hosted by Shen Jianqiu, former head coach of the China national women’s team; HKTA President Philip Mok, together with Hong Kong Davis Cup captain and Director of Player Development Michael Walker; and ITF coaching committee member Zhang Wei.

Becker also held a training camp at Mission Hills on Saturday. More than 150 tennis players attended the event.

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