On 19th to 21st March 2010, Sekretariat Rakan Muda Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (SRMUTP) has organized UTP Open Tennis Tournament 2010. The objective of this event is to identify new sports talent in tennis to be developed into player of higher calibre, also to improve the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills of students who organized this event. With participants from all over Malaysia, this soft skill is crucial in order to handle the event.
In this tournament, there are four categories offered, which are men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. Women’s doubles was held despite having only 5 participating pairs, which showed the eagerness of the participants to play in this tournament. The officials balls for this tournament is Dunlop Fort Elite.
This year, UTP Open Tennis Tournament 2010 was held in two different places, namely UTP and UiTM Seri Iskandar Sports Complex. At 8.30am, all players gathered at UTP tennis courts, where the players that scheduled to play in UiTM Seri Iskandar tennis courts would be transported by UTP shuttle service.
On the first day of the tournament, we started the match for men singles preliminaries. The format used for the tournament is knockout format except for women doubles, in which round robin was used. On second day of the tournament, we started match for men doubles preliminaries. The matches continue till 3 pm, where women doubles categories started. The matches continue smoothly without any problem. For the last day of tournament, the matches scheduled were semi-final and final round for men singles, women singles, and men doubles whereas women doubles still continue their match where the pair with highest point wins.
In the men’s singles, the winner is Ashaari Zainal Abidin from Kuala Lumpur. He won cash prize worth RM1000.00, medal and a trophy. In women’s singles, the winner is Tiara Liyana Sulaiman from UTP. She won cash prize worth RM600.00 with medal and a trophy. Men’s doubles winner is the pair of Syed Azhar and Mohd Fazree of Negeri Sembilan. The pair won cash prize of RM 800.00 and medal. In women doubles, the winner is the pair of Datin Intan Mahani and Farra Wan, and they won cash prize of RM120.00 with medals.
The tournament ended at 4.00pm, with the closing ceremony accompanied by photo session with all players. We would like to express a tonne of appreciation to UTP co curriculum unit, without their support we would never been able to handle this tournament. We also would like to give our special thanks to Mr. Idham, representative from Student Support Services who officiated the closing ceremony of UTP Open Tennis Tournament 2010. Hopefully, this event will be even more successful in the future.