Carnival atmosphere at the Inaugural Meru Valley Tennis Invitational 2023

by Andrew Chen

Standing (L to R): Simon Yeap, Shutakahashi San, Khoo Peng Keat, Stan Woolliscroft, Andrea Chong, Timothy Day (Manager – Team Meru), Stuart, Foo Loke Fu, Teh Hooi Hong, Chong Him Shoong (Manager – Team Lingli), Ng Wai Moo, Dr Goh Dar Wen, Ken Chong, Kiwi Lim

Kneeling (L to R): Lisa, Bing Day, Sarah Chow, Lay Ling, Sandra Wong (Captain – Team Meru), Soon, Agnes Goh, Lingli Tan (Captain Team Lingli), Billie Khoo, Emilie Ooi,┬áKathryn┬áChin.

What a carnival it was when the tennis fraternity at Meru Valley Golf Resort hosted its first ever tournament recently. Thirty players of all levels participated in a total of 12 matches – 3 men’s doubles, 3 ladies doubles and 6 mixed doubles – on pristine courts decorated with colourful balloons.

Keeping hydrated for the matches.
A battle pose.

“The Meru Social Tennis Group started playing actively about five years ago and this is the first time that we have invited a team to play a friendly tournament,” said Sandra Wong, Captain of Team Meru.

Matches taking place on the courts.
Spectators watching on.

Lingli Tan, Captain of Team Lingli, thanked Wong for the invitation to play at Meru. “It’s a wonderful experience playing in such scenic surroundings on courts set next to a lush rainforest and facing a beautiful lake.

Perfect weather. Not the scorching heat we’ve been experiencing lately.
Serve’s up!

“We look forward to this being an annual event,” she said.

Pioneer of hopefully many more invitationals to come.
Fun for the family, including the furry ones.

Team Lingli won the tournament 7 games to 5 in a series of thrilling matches in perfect weather, watched by enthusiastic spectators in a fun and colourful family event.

Display of sportsmanship.
Catching up.
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