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Thursday 5 January 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Sports, Tennis

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Youngster participates in Tennis Australia’s Albury Tour
From left – William Nolan (Vanuatu), Tao Ehirleman (Tahiti), Collita Hakena (Papua New Guinea), Mia Chang (Tahiti) and Raetea Rongo (Cook Islands). SUPPLIED

Tennis Cook Islands junior national squad player, Raetea Rongo, is participating in Tennis Australia’s Albury Tour.

In a statement, Tennis Cook Islands said: “As a result of Raetea’s runner-up finish in the 14 and under division at the Pacific Oceania Junior Championship 2022 in Lautoka, Fiji, the Oceania Tennis Federation has supported her participation (and the top four finishers in the 12U, 14U and 16U divisions) in subsequent tournaments, including the ITF J5 tournament and New Zealand Championship at the end of 2022, and this current Tennis Australia tour in 2023.”

Rongo arrived in Melbourne the day after New Year’s and was greeted by coach Gary Purcell of International Tennis Federation, then linked up with Oceania coach Raynal Singh from Fiji and other Oceania players from the West, North, and East Pacific.

After an overnighter at Hume Tennis & Community Centre, Team Oceania alongside Australian players caught the train to Albury.

The tour includes training, tournaments, and an opportunity to watch elite tennis at the Australian Open.

“Tennis Cook Islands is very grateful to OTF and ITF for the support of our Cook Islands and Oceania athletes in pursuing tennis pathways.”