April 19, 2017 14:39 By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam - The Nation
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has appointed The Agency Co., Ltd. to organize 15 professional tennis tournaments for the “Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit 2017” during in April – December 2017 in Hua Hin town.
Hosted by True Arena Hua Hin Sports Complex, the event is mainly sponsored by Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) PCL, together with sponsors from various sectors in Thailand.
Presided over by Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and a Chairman of the Advisory of Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit 2017, the press conference was arranged at Screen X, a 270°-wide-screen cinema in Quartier CineArt, The Emquartier Bangkok, on 19 April 2017. The event was warmly joined by VIPs and honored guests, such as Mr. Simon Shen, CEO and Vice Chairman of Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) PCL; Mr. Thanakorn Duangmanee, Managing Director of The Agent Co.,Ltd.; Ms. Proudputh Liptapanlop, Managing Director of True Arena Hua Hin; and Mr. Anil Khanna, Vice President of the International Tennis Federation.
Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop commented, “We are delighted that the International Tennis Federation, ITF, has the confidence in us to choose The Agency Company to organize 15 professional tennis tournaments in Thailand, which increased from the 13 tournaments last year at True Arena Hua Hin Sports Complex, Prachuap Khiri Khan. Furthermore, the competitions serve as an ideal opportunity for participating Thai players to develop their skills and experience of world-standard competition without the costs of travelling abroad.”
Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop stated that the Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit 2017 organized during April – December 2017 will kick off with the female tournaments. A number of leading tennis players from many countries around the globe has enrolled to join the competition, including Makoto Ninomiya from Japan, ranked world no. 405; Fatma Al Nabhani from Oman, ranked world no. 414; Bunyawi Thamchaiwat from Thailand, ranked world no. 446; Margarita Lazareva from Russia, ranked world no. 460; and Estelle Cascino from France, ranked world no. 466, to name but a few. Among them, a large number of famous Thai players will be participating, such as Varunya Wongteanchai, ranked world no. 654; Nudnida Luangnam, ranked world no. 666; and Kamonwan Buayam, ranked world no. 683. The qualifying round includes Patcharin Cheapchandej, ranked world no. 972; Tamachan Momkoonthod, ranked world no. 1112; and Chompoothip Jandakate, ranked world no. 1177. This year, wild cards will be provided to eight tennis players for the main draw and qualify rounds. This circuit serves as a developmental pathway to the world of professional arenas, such as the WTA Tour (Women's Tennis Association) for female players and the ATP Challenger Tour for male players.
Mr. Simon Shen, CEO and Vice Chairman of the main sponsor Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) PCL, comments, “On behalf of Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) and XYZprinting, we are pleased to be the main sponsor of Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit for the second consecutive year. With True Arena Hua Hin’s high-standard facilities, venue, and organizing team, we believe the event will enhance the reputation of this resort town and the sport of tennis in Thailand. As tennis is already one of the most popular sports among Thais, the company is glad to be part of the support to develop tennis in the country, especially in Hua Hin and the neighboring district of Cha-Am, where we operate three manufacturing plants. So we hope the event serves as a developmental pathway to professional world arenas for Thai players, and helps to strengthen the image of Hua Hin as a leading sports destination. The sponsorship last year provided an opportunity for Cal-Comp Thailand and XYZprinting to become more well-known, including our new 3D Printing Technology that has achieved great feedback and has been widely used among Thai consumers.”
Ms. Proudputh Liptapanlop, Executive Director of True Arena Hua Hin, the Host of Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit 2017, says, “True Arena Hua Hin is delighted to organize the tournaments again in this second year. Since opening, our sports complex has been selected as the venue for a number of international sporting events. In addition, Proud Real Estate is also the developer of various other projects in the area, namely Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort, Bluport Resort Mall Hua Hin, and Vana Nava Waterpark, which all contribute toward building a good and appealing image of Hua Hin as a premium resort town and international sports destination in Thailand. The event will significantly promote Thailand and Hua Hin as a sports-tourism destination among worldwide athletes and tourists, as well as boosting the local economy during the event periods. The competition also provides a great opportunity for Thai players to compete with other talented foreign players to develop their skills and experience, helping them to succeed in a career moving toward global arenas in future. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and The Agency Co., Ltd. for choosing TAHH, and also our sponsors which include Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) PCL, XYZprinting Co., Ltd., SINGHA Corporation, Dunlop by Sports Maximize Co., Ltd., FBT by Football Thai Factory Sporting Goods Co., Ltd., B. Grimm Group, Taikisha ( Thailand) Co., Ltd., Vana Nava Waterpark Hua Hin, Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort, Bluport Resort Mall Hua Hin, and Park 24."
Mr. Thanakorn Duangmanee, Chief Executive officer of The Agency Company Limited, the organizer of ITF Thailand, added, “ITF is the pathway for an amateur to proceed to professional tournaments in the future. This year we are expanding the tournament matches to provide more opportunities and experience for Thai tennis players, an increase of 13 tournaments to 15 tournaments. The competitions comprise six men’s matches in the Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit 2017 #M1 – #M6 with a cash prize of USD 15,000 per match, six women’s matches in Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit 2017 #W1 – #W6 with a cash prize of USD 15,000 per match, as well as three women’s matches in Cal-Comp & XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit #1 – #3 with a cash prize of USD 25,000 per match. For Cal-comp &XYZprinting ITF Pro Circuit 2017, the total prize money and organizer budget is around 25 Million Thai baht.”