29 May 2013

Sport: Fiji Open a valuable hit-out for Pacific tennis players

10:47 am on 29 May 2013

Some of the Pacific's top tennis players will get some valuable match-time this week at the Fiji Open, which starts in Nadi on Wednesday.

The Davis Cup tennis tie involving the Pacific Oceania Team, was postponed earlier this month due to political unrest in Myanmar and will now be played in Dubai in September.

The Joint Executive Officer of the Oceania Tennis Federation, David Smith. says after the frustrations on the past month this week's tournament is a welcome hit-out.

"It was disappointing but Fiji Open does give the opportunity for the likes of Cyril Jacobe from Vanuatu. He's the number one Pacific Oceania Davis Cup player so he's the top seed in the men's open singles. We've also got William O'Connell - he's in college in the States and he's the number two seed- and I think he's probably one of the up and coming players who eventually will force himself into the team."

The hometown hope Tarani Kamoe is both the top seed and defending champ in the women's singles draw.