Tennis Fiji is responsible for the development of all tennis activities across the country. Tennis has a long and rich history in Fiji. The Suva Lawn Tennis Club was built in 1900 and the club house was built in 1910. Since then, tennis has grown significantly in popularity across the country and tennis courts and clubs can be found in all three major cities as well as in hotels and resorts on some of Fiji's most beautiful islands. Fiji is also home to the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Pacific Oceania Regional Training Centre (RTC), based in Lautoka.
The ITF funds the RTC and offers extensive tennis training for a limited number of the most talented junior players in the Pacific Oceania region. The ITF’s training for these scholarship students focuses on the complete athlete, the training centres offer personalised programmes in schooling, competition and athletic development. ITF and Olympic Solidarity scholarships are awarded to the most promising players.
The ITF also partners with Tennis Fiji, other tennis federations in the Pacific region, to develop tennis across a range of areas from community development to the training and education of up-and-coming tennis coaches. You can read more about this work under the Community Development and Training and Education tabs.
The RTC welcomes social players from with all levels of experience to play and practice at the centre’s six courts. The RTC is free of charge for player to use for private practice sessions and casual or social play.
The RTC in Lautoka offers private coaching to players from the beginner to senior levels. Week-long tennis training camps are offered over the summer school holidays for junior players to go through intensive training and develop competitive skills by participating in social competitions.
The premier tennis event in Fiji, the Fiji Open Tennis Championships, is held each year in May at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club. The first Fiji Open Tennis Championships was held in 1907 and it has grown into one of the biggest tennis events held in the Pacific Islands today, attracting almost 200 players each year including international competitors from across 10 countries. Tennis Fiji also helps facilitate a range other competitions and tournaments throughout the calendar year, including the Easter Open, the Nadi Open and the Suva Open.
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