PLTA out to get more teams for ten­nis tour­na­ment

New Straits Times - - Sport -

K. KANDIAH nst­sport@nst.com.my

FEWER teams are turn­ing up, and the or­gan­is­ers are get­ting con­cerned. The Datuk Fred­die Choong Chal­lenge Tro­phy, an an­nual in­ter-club veter­ans ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion, ini­ti­ated by the Pe­nang Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (PLTA), is in need of a re­vival.

The event has been held in hon­our of its pa­tron and for­mer pres­i­dent Datuk Fred­die Choong, the brother of bad­minton icons, the late Datuk David Choong and the late Datuk Eddy Choong.

The com­pe­ti­tion has been hosted ev­ery year with­out break since its in­au­gu­ra­tion 26 years ago. How­ever, the num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing teams have dwin­dled over the years.

PLTA used to host more than 20 teams in a grand car­ni­val mood over three days, in­clud­ing at­tract­ing teams from Kedah, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Se­lan­gor and South­ern Thai­land.

Sadly, the num­ber has been grad­u­ally re­duced to 10 teams this year.

To re­cap­ture its hey­day, PLTA will ag­gres­sively pro­mote the veter­ans com­pe­ti­tion and may also ex­tend the in­vi­ta­tion to Sabah, Sarawak, and Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Indonesia and Brunei.

In the fi­nal of the re­cent Datuk Fred­die Choong meet, de­fend­ing cham­pion Bukit Mer­ta­jam Ten­nis Club (BMTC) de­feated Per­sat­uan Te­nis Me­layu Pu­lau Pi­nang (PTMPP) 3-0 (best of three dou­bles) at the Pe­nang Sports Club ten­nis com­plex.

BMTC cap­tain Ong Hock Keat said: “Our team play­ers are very com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated. They are sel­dom late for train­ing. Most of our even­ings are spent train­ing at the Bukit Mer­ta­jam Coun­try Club and Kulim Club. RE­SULTS:

Fi­nal: Bukit Mer­ta­jam Ten­nis Club `A' 3 Pe­nang Malays Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion 0. (Andy Kee-Eng Lean Teik bt Jes­ril Jamel-Sha­zli Husni 6-3, 6-3; Alvin Chew-Has­nul Hashim bt Ak­mal Yahya-Fong Lun Leong 6-3, 6-3; Hang Kok Long-Yap Seww Kee bt Phor Peng Hoe-Anor Ah­mad 2-6, 6-3 (rtd).

Plate fi­nal: Pe­nang Sports Club `Black' 3 Pe­nang Swim­ming Club 0. (Mohd Za­heer Pa­tel-Wil­son Liem Kit bt Charles Ang-Mal­colm Han­ney 8-2; Paul Lim-R. Shan­mugam bt Jef­frey Peh-Sunny Ng 8-5; Arthur Chin-Koay Theam Hock bt Alvin Lee-Lim Khoon Seng 8-3).

Bukit Mer­ta­jam Ten­nis Club play­ers cel­e­brate their third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory to­gether with Datuk Fred­die Choong (stand­ing, sec­ond from right) at the Pe­nang Sports Club ten­nis com­plex re­cently. PIC BY K KANDIAH

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