Many parents feel that the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) is not doing enough for the development of the sport. They have provided some facts to back their claim. I feel that LTAM should look at these complaints in a postive way - a sure sign that there is a great interest in the sport.
Many parents are claiming that the Milo National Junior Age Group held in (4-9) August 2010 was a flop. This is supposed to be the premier and most important junior age-group tennis tournament in the country. It carries the highest points awarded for a national tournament. But, the entries recorded were lower compared to previous years.
Here are some facts:
Girls U18 - no competition, no entries
Boys U18 - only four entries but no points awarded
Boys U10 - 21 entries (7 pairs for doubles)
Girls U10 - 7 entries and no doubles
Boys U12 - 18 entries (6 pairs)
Girls U12 - 7 entries (no doubles)
Boys U14 - 29 entries (10 pairs)
Girls U14 - 13 entries (6 pairs)
Boys U16 - 27 entries (9 pairs)
Girls U16 - 16 entries (no doubles)
The conclusion some parents have made is that tennis is losing out at junior level. Also, the parents are also wondering why the National Ranking Points have not been updated for two and a half months. Two tournaments have been held since then - the MBPJ Junior Open and Milo National Juniors.
Do something, LTAM.