Father Selvarajoo recounts time when there was no money to fund her tournaments
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AN emotional S. Selvarajoo shed tears when he spoke about his daughter, S. Theiviya’s lost years in tennis due to his commitment as a national coach as national coach while Theiviya did not play in international tournaments due to various reasons.
“I just did not have the money to fund her tournaments. It was bad times for us,” he said.
However, Theiviya received a second lease of life in her tennis when she started playing competitively again when she was 19-years-old.
“Theiviya hardly played in the ITF Under-18 Tour. She would have been a different player today had she played in the tour regularly for exposure,” he added.
Theiviya, however, is back in the national team and is now preparing for her second Sea Games outing in Kuala Lumpur where she will play the women’s doubles (with Jawairiah Noordin) and mixed doubles (Syed Agil Syed Naguib).
On her debut, she won a bronze medal in the women’s team event at the 2015 Singapore edition.
Theiviya is not angry with her father.
“I owe everything to him. He made sure that I continued the family’s legacy in tennis. I hope to reward him with a medal in the upcoming Sea Games,” said Theiviya.