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Thursday 14 January 2010 | Published in Regional


Close to 40 junior tennis players have been braving the heat and humidity on court to improve their tennis playing skills.

And with ace Cook Islands player Brittany Teei, who won gold, silver and bronze at last year’s Pacific Mini Games, the up and coming tennis stars are fast improving their skills.

Teei has been assisting local coach Malcolm Kajer run the week-long Tennis Cook Islands workshop which will come to an end this Saturday with a mini tournament.

Teei takes a no-nonsense coaching approach and demands the ears and attention of her aspiring students and in turn shares some valuable skills with the kids. And the young players are keen to show rising Cook Islands tennis star that they have what it takes on the tennis court.

Yesterday the older kids with a good grasp of the sport got a taste of sharing the court in a doubles training session while the babes new to tennis went about learning to put racquet to ball with Kajer.

Teei and Kajer encourages parents to take their kids along to the Tennis Centre in Nikao to learn tennis and of course make new friends over the school holidays.

Sessions are $10 a day with coaching and equipment provided.

Daily tennis sessions run from 9am to 12pm.