(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Oman Tennis Association's (OTA) efforts to develop the sport across the sultanate has begun to meet with reasonable success with five clubs from the interior regions recently agreeing to take up mini tennis.
Currently, the OTA runs its mini tennis programme in five clubs - Majees, Quriyat, Salalah, Dhofar and Jalan. The clubs that are now joining the pilot project are Al Suwaiq, Saham, Nizwa, Al Wahda and Al Kamil W'al Wafi.
Mini tennis is a compact, children-friendly version of the traditional format of tennis, involving a smaller court, shorter matches and a scoring system similar to that of table tennis.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Salman al Balushi, chairman of the OTA's clubs development committee and executive manager, said, ''We are gradually increasing mini tennis activities. Very soon, we will cover ten clubs in the country.''
Balushi said that mini tennis is helping the OTA introduce the sport to children in an easy and light-hearted manner.
He said, ''We don't need actual tennis courts as mini tennis can be played in smaller areas with foam balls and small rackets. We have met with reasonable success over the past year. Now with five more clubs joining our programme, we hope to have a bigger pool of players.''
He added, ''To get the clubs to offer tennis activities is a positive step. We hope to gradually build on this foundation and make tennis grow in the sultanate.'