Teams hit the courts for Kunming Int’l tennis tournament

Teams from 12 countries are competing at An’ning Hot Spring Resort, An’ning city, of Yunnan province in China for the Colourful Yunnan-Belt and Road Initiative Kunming International Tennis Tournament from October 6-14.
The nations attending the event include China, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Macau China.
The competition will start today (Monday) at the International Tennis Centre of An’ning following last night’s official opening ceremony.
The Lao Tennis Association has sent an eight-strong team to the event - four men and four women.
Players will compete in both singles and doubles with many including the Lao team having to come to grips with matches on clay courts for the first time.
Director of Public Relations of the Lawn Tennis Association in Thailand under His Majesty’s Patronage, Mr Ratt Aksharanugraha told media at the event that many nations competing at the event including Thailand did not have clay courts so the Kunming International Tennis Tournament experience was very beneficial for the players.
The tournament aims to promote the Belt and Road Initiative, strengthen cultural exchanges and cooperation between Kunming and South and Southeast Asian countries, and build the cultural, sporting and tourism brands of Kunming city.
The tournament is being organised by the Chinese Tennis Association, Yunnan provincial Bureau of Sports, and People’s Government of Kunming City with support from the Kunming Municipality Bureau of Culture and Media, People’s Government of An’ning City and Yunnan Orange Tennis Sports Development Co., Ltd. 
Chinese authorities have given high priority to security at the tournament to ensure the event goes smoothly.

By Times Reporters in An’ning
(Latest Update October 08, 2018)

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