26 Jul 2010

Pacific Oceania Tennis Championships get underway in Fiji

11:24 am on 26 July 2010

The Pacific Oceania Youth Tennis Championships get underway in Lautoka today, with regional supremacy and a chance to face Australia and New Zealand on the line.

The tournament is split into three age groups - under 12s, 14s and 18s and players have spent the past three months at qualifying events to make the main draw.

As the International Tennis Federation's Dan O'Connell explains the top players in this weeks Pacific event will earn the right to compete in next week's full Oceania Championships.

"Now we have the regional teams coming in for the Pacific Oceania Championships - these are the superstars - and a few of our very very best in the 18 year old age group will try to do battle against the very tough Kiwis and Aussies."

Dan O'Connell says it's a tough ask competing against such strong opposition but the Pacific nations usually have four or five players who qualify for the full Oceania Championships, which begin next week.