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Friday 2 September 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Sports, Tennis
Timeri Wearing at the Pacific Nations Cup tournament. 22080549
In preparation for the tournament Maka Maui, Luke
Pierre, Timeri Wearing and Raetea Rongo have been racking up the training hours
in early morning sessions, six days a week from 5am to 6.30am.
“This is a very important tournament,” said Tennis
Cook Islands (TCI) coach and manager of the team Malcolm Kajer, who will be
traveling with the team.
If the team are to do well and place in the top four
in the championships, there will be opportunities which can be subsidised to go
to Australia or Asia, said Kajer.
Last month the East Pacific Qualifying Tennis Tournament
was held in Fiji when Maui, Pierre and Wearing qualified in the 16s and Rongo in
There were very close matches in the East Pacific
tournament, he said.
“Hopefully we’ve brushed up on a few skills for them
to see if we can pick up and improve those rankings when we’re playing,” Said
Now that the North Pacific have their qualifiers, all
the top players from each of these regions will come together in the next
tournament to compete for the best in the South Pacific, he said.
“Basically, it’s to get a good ranking and to be the
best on the South Pacific.
“This is also good preparation for them for the Cook
Islands Games as well, so it’s very good timing,” Kajer said.
The championships will be played at the Fiji Sports
Council Tennis Courts and at the Northern Club in Lautoka.