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Tennis Jamaica set to appoint new TD

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMRobert Bailey - Sunday Gleaner Writer
Azar
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President of Tennis Jamaica (TJ) John Azar said his association is close to employing the services of a technical director to oversee the national programme.

Azar told The Sunday Gleaner that Tennis Jamaica has been without a national director for more than a decade and that they have been making every effort to secure the right person for the post.

Douglas Burke, who was appointed in 1994 and served until 2011, was the last person to hold the technical director post in TJ.

“We have gotten a number of applications, which we have shortlisted down to three and we are now in the process of doing our final interviews, and so announcements along those lines will be made shortly,” said Azar.

“We at Tennis Jamaica feel that filling that post, which has been vacant for over a decade, is very important. We can have the plans as a board, but, operationally, we need the right people in place to execute those plans,” he said. “This will be critical to our programmes right across the island. We think that this is key for the development of tennis and so our job at Tennis Jamaica is to create the right atmosphere and get people playing tennis, and we are confident that, at the end of that, we will create some champions down the road.”

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The administrator also pointed out that his organisation was recently granted permission by the Ministry of Health and Wellness for the resumption of the sport across the island.

“We got our approval for the return of tennis about a week ago, and so our tournament committee and development committees are meeting and will be rolling out very soon,” said Azar. “Obviously, we are extremely happy to be getting back onto the court and we are certainly looking forward to some great tennis action.”

“Tennis, by definition, is one of the safest sports in terms of the COVID-19. It is not a contact sport and so persons won’t come within six feet of each other, and so we are very happy to be granted the approval and we are certainly happy and excited to be back out on court,” he said.

“We are going to be looking at all levels because we are going to be having the junior events, we are going to be having senior amateur events and a number of professional events,” Azar said.

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