For the first time Astana hosted the Board of Directors of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF)

17.05.2024    Views: 130
Source: KTF press-service
The event was attended by representatives of China, India, Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jordan and Kazakhstan. It was discussed that successful tennis development requires three prerequisites: improving infrastructure, increasing coaching capacity and providing good funding.

- «We are honored to host the Board of directors of the Asian Tennis Federation in Astana as well as to host a Group of Development Advisors. Kazakhstan is an example of successful growth for many Asian nations. Our progress over the last 17 years shows what can be achieved with a systematic approach and investment. During two days, the Board members actively discussed how to strategically develop tennis in Asia, talked about priorities and initiatives that can be applied to strengthen the interaction between the nations. We discussed the establishment of new tournaments where the continent's best players will compete against each other and how to make the transition from junior to professional tennis smoother for young tennis players. The delegates visited the Beeline Arena National Tennis Center and the Daulet Tennis Center to see how children are trained in Kazakhstan, and they also talked to coaches. I would like to express special thanks on behalf of the Board of Directors to the President of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation Bulat Utemuratov, who, being the Vice-President of the International Tennis Federation, always actively supports our initiatives to improve the situation with tennis juniors and get more tournaments for the nations that are at their early stage of tennis development, to create equal opportunities and provide a good platform for obtaining experience» - said the President of the Asian Tennis Federation Yuriy Polsky.

Further to the Board meetings in Astana the following things were accomplished:

- the new logo of the Asian Tennis Federation and the anthem (previously there was none) were approved; 
- it was decided to increase the number of junior tournaments in Asia;
- it was agreed to exchange wild-cards at the tournaments;
- the Board appealed to the President of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation Bulat Utemuratov who also serves as the ITF Vice-President for support in providing ATF with additional contirbution from the International Tennis Federation by means of a share from a tournament entry fee payment by Asian players.

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