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DateLine Sunday, 6 April 2008

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SLTA gets two attractive sponsorship packages

TENNIS: The Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) clinched two attractive sponsorship packages last week with ABC Lubricants and Touchwood Investments worth Rs. 1.6 million to stage the Up-Country Circuit and Mini Tennis programmes.

ABC Lubricants came forward with Rs. 600,000 for the Up-Country Circuit, which are now ranking tournaments of the SLTA with Rs. 250,000 being offered as prize money for the three tournament at the Hill Club in Nuwara-Eliya (April 10 to 14), Bandarawela Open (April 16 to 20) and Matale Open (April 22 to 26).

A spokesman for the SLTA told the Sunday Observer that the sponsorship was handed over last Monday (March 31) by the Managing Director of ABC Lubricants, Vasantha Thalagala, to the President of SLTA, Janaka Bogollagama. The normal events (men's and women's singles, mixed doubles) will be worked off together with boys and girls singles in three age groups (under-12, 14 and 18).

Later on in the week, Touchwood Investments handed over the sponsorship package of Rs. 1 million for SLTA's Mini Tennis programme which is to cover 10 regions in Negombo, Batticaloa, Matale, Kurunegala, Bandarawela, Ratnapura, Kandy, Badulla, Colombo and even Jaffna.

"Players in the 6 to 8 year category will be identified for further training by SLTA's coaches with the basic techniques and correct ground work imparted to them. We intend to conduct tournaments at school, regional and district levels, culminating with an All-Island tournament in Colombo" said the spokesman for SLTA.

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