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This December will see the ITF Beach Tennis Tour make its first ever stop in Thailand where a $20,000 Grade 1 tournament is being staged in Hua Hin; the second largest prize money pot this year after the renowned Aruba event in November.
In hosting this tournament, Thailand becomes the third Asian nation to stage a beach tennis tournament and follows in the footsteps of Japan and China.
Interest is expected to be high following the recent G1 in Tokyo which saw female former Olympians and Fed Cup teammates Olga Barabanschikova and Natalia Zvereva taking to the beach tennis courts as well as the newly crowned Pan American men’s champions Marcus Ferreira and Thales Santos from Brazil. From Italy, current men’s World No. 1 Alessandro Calbucci was also among the ten different nationalities going for the title.
Beach tennis continues to grow in Asia with Japan leading the way with four men and four women now ranked in the current Top 50. Japan also made its debut in the ITF Beach Tennis World Team Championship held in Russia and outperformed the other five debutant nations to finish a highly respectable sixth from the 20-strong field.
Those attending this tournament may also be interested to know that this tournament is being held in conjunction with their annual World Tennis Exhibition which is set to feature Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
For further details relating to this tournament, a factsheet is available for download online here.