1 Sep 2012

Sport: Hopes more countries will take part in Oceania Tennis Championships

9:19 am on 1 September 2012

Organisers of the Oceania Tennis Championships are hopeful that more countries will get on board as the event becomes established.

The tournament was first held in 2010 to give players more meaningful local competition outside of the Pacific Games and Mini Games.

Players from Australia, Vanuatu and Tahiti will join hosts New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea at the week-long event but tournament boss Gerard Winter says they would still like to see that number rise.

"Sometime we would like the countries to be more involved and more ready to come to this competition or maybe because it's new not all the Oceania countries are ready to come and participate. Sometimes it's a bit frustrating to try and organise things and see not all the countries play the game and try to come."

The teams events in Noumea begin this weekend with the singles and mixed doubles starting on Monday.