True Arena Hua Hin is in full swing in regard to its tennis programming.
The tennis facility and fitness center has been chosen by the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) to be the host venue for the Asian Tennis Tour Thailand Series 2016 (ATT Thailand Series 2016) that will be held between May and October of this year. The first two matches of the Asian Tennis Tour Thailand, presented by B. Grimm, ran May 30 – June 5. The third series was sponsored by The Quant Group, and ran June 6-8. A male only competition, players were drawn from all over Asia, including Thailand, India, and Indonesia.
The ATF, in cooperation with True Arena Hua Hin, organised the tour to offer young Asian players a competition platform as a developmental transition for junior players to join professional circuits. At the launch of the event, Mr Suwat Liptapanlop, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, welcomed the players and the sizeable crowd of spectators on hand to cheer for the players. Center Court at True Arena is destined to become one of Thailand’s premier locations for world class tennis.
Designed to hold the greatest games in the region, the courts have a plexicushion surface, and is the only sunken court in South East Asia. Inspired by the Australian Open’s Rod Laver Arena, the 5,088 seat capacity arena includes HD broadcasting and press conference facilities. It offers a similar umpire seat, easily seen scoreboard, and seating close to the players so that the audience can watch the players close up and in action. Flanking Center Court are 10 professional quality 20 x 40 meter plexicushion courts, exactly as used by the worldwide Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), for practice and competition. The next competition featured female players. The Finansia Syrus ATT Thailand Series No. 4, ran June 20-22, and the TaikiSha ATT Thailand Series No. 5, ran June 24-26.
The Asian Tennis Tour Thailand will continue to hold matches in the coming months, and also of note is a large tournament coming in November – the EA Hua Hin Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) series. From a more local perspective, True Arena is offering a Tennis Summer Camp for kids between the ages of 7 and 16. Campers will learn and develop tennis skills and physical agility in a fun and dynamic environment. The camp offers professional instruction for all levels, coordination, movement and conditioning mechanics, coaching fundamentals (contact, balance, grips, etc), and cross training with other sports. There will be three weeks of camps, June 27 – July 1, July 4 – 8, and July 11 – 15. Cost is 5,150 THB for the week which includes all instruction, lunches, camp t-shirt, certificate of completion, and a one-day pass to Vana Nava Waterpark.