Fa­ther Sel­vara­joo re­counts time when there was no money to fund her tour­na­ments

New Straits Times - - Sport -


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.

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