These days, the courts of Ashgabat multifunctional stadium became the venue of two tennis tournaments timed to the 140th anniversary of Turkmenistan's capital. The participants of the first tournament - the national championship among children - were young tennis players aged 12-14 years old and 12 and younger. The championship is also held among tennis players older than 14 years old.
About 140 athletes of both sexes are competing in the tournaments, who came to the capital from all corners of the country. During the national championships, both singles and doubles medals will be played. The last type of competition will be held among boys.
Ashgabat will also host the Davis Cup stage of the international tennis tournament from September 6 to 12 this year. This competition is an excellent opportunity to prepare for this event. Not only line judges but also ballboys will hone their skills during the Turkmen championship.
Ballboys are children whose job it is to serve the players during a tennis match. During breaks between sets, the ballboys bring towels to the tennis players. Little helpers get a chance to learn more about the professionals and all aspects of the competition, including the behind-the-scenes atmosphere. Many famous tennis players started their career in this field by working as a bogeyman.
The Tennis Federation of Turkmenistan (TTF) is actively preparing for the Davis Cup. They are selected and trained not only in the capital but also in the regions of the country. Their training is organized both theoretically and practically. The nuances of bullfighters' actions on the court are explained. E. Dovletov, the general secretary of the MTF in Ashgabat, E. Molchanov, the coach and I. Zubkov provide training. The training of bollboys in Mary is engaged by the judge of the national category A.Dovmatov.
The summing up of the tennis competition is scheduled for May 23, 2021.
Source and photo: turkmenistan.gov.tm