SPG Tennis News

Mikey of SI standing tall

A Leong Match

Michael Leong of the Solomon Islands is 21 years old and stands about 5'2" with a scruffy shag haircut that falls loosely around the back of his neck. You probably wouldn't think much of him at first glance, but Mikey, more commonly known to those who call him friend, is actually coming to these SPG games as the #1 seed in the men's singles events. This is his first appearance in the SPG, let alone his first visit to Samoa.more
Silema Taufa of Tonga

Gruelling day of Quarterfinals

With the weather being unstable today, quarterfinals got off to a slow start. Plays came to a standstill twice today which made a long day even longer. Players were anxious heading into the quarterfinals and having to wait around for the rain to dissipate was wearing on their already frayed nerves.more
Tennis Team from Tonga

Individual Events

The Individual Events are well under way here in Apia Park. All 7 courts are fully being utilized each day for matches in an effort to find the winners in each event. The following are the various matches that each player can participate in. Men and Women singles, Men and Women's doubles, and Mixed doubles. The wonderful thing about the individual events is that if you weren't able to get a lot of playing time during the team event, you will definitely get an opportunity during the individual tourney.more
Samoa's Women Wear Gold

Samoa's Women Strike GOLD!!!

The tentative agenda for the day had all matches being completed by 130pm with a short break for a medal ceremony, and then the individual competitions would begin. By 130pm we would know who would be taking home the gold, silver, and bronze for the women's team event.

However, what started off being a 6-7 hour continuous match play lasted well into the evening. This was due in large part to the incomparable performance from Samoa's endearing tennis champ, Dengue Soonalole-Taosoga.more
Nickolas N'Godrela focuses on his next shot

New Caledonia takes Gold for Men's Team Event

Today Samoa and New Caledonia battled it out to decide who would take the gold medal for the men's team event. The first match was between Marvin Soonalole of Samoa and Gabriel Ledru of New Caledonia. Marvin put up a good fight with several powerful serves and base line shots but was unable to counter the agility and consistency displayed by Gabriel Ledru. Marvin valiantly tried to continue the game during the second set but an injury to his leg caused him to withdraw from the match at 5 2 which Gabriel then won by forfeit.more
D Soonalole-Taosoga

All Heart

It was an emotional match for Samoa's own Dengue Soonalole-Taosoga and Tahiti's Cathy Yan.more
B Baudinet

Day 2 of SPG Tennis

It was another beautiful day here at Apia Park as Day 2 of the South Pacific Games started off with a bang. Tennis was in full swing as we heard the grunts from players, calls from officials, the pop of tennis balls against the courts and the smattering applause from the spectators.
New Caledonia and Samoa dominatedmore

Team Semi Finals

New Caledonia will face off against Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu go up against Samoa in the semi finals of the Men's Team Event. In the Women's semis, New Caledonia play PNG and Tahiti square off against Samoa for a place in the final.more

Tennis: Tahiti

Rauzy Ravaheke, a young woman from Tahiti, lost her first match of tennis against a Tongan player.
She said that she feels sad about the match.more

The Competition Draw

On 26 August 2007, the competition draw will be revealed and loaded into the system. By Sunday afternoon, every team will know exactly what their competition schedule will be. All tennis teams have arrived and are rotating times and days to get practice time on the courts at Apia Park. Stay tuned as we unravel the results of each tennis match and report inspiring stories from all over the Pacific.more

In Breathless Anticipation.......

With only several hours away from the much anticipated 2007 South Pacific Opening Ceremony, there is a feeling of excitement and frenzied anxiety in the air as various team members from the Pacific Islands are seen on the tennis courts perfecting their serves, practicing their forehand and backhand shots or just kicking back and mingling with one another here on the tennis courts of Apia Park and at Chanel College.more

Tennis Team Samoa Kickoff Event

A clear evening and a windward breeze was the backdrop that kicked off the celebration to officially launch Samoa's 2007 tennis team. In attendance were 60 of the 140 volunteers which included 40 ball kids, 20 line umpires, and other true blue supporters of Samoa's tennis program.

Introducing Samoa's 2007 tennis team.more
Samoa 2007 Tennis Team

Samoa's tennis team Keepin it Real in the 685

Samoa's tennis association continues its preparations for the long awaited South Pacific Games. They held a fundraiser at Chanel College in Moamoa this past Saturday to raise the much needed funds for Samoa's tennis team.more

Tennis Time

The game of tennis is being spurred on amongst the youngsters of the Pacific with South Pacific Games preparations.

The recent East Pacific Qualifying Rounds held here in Samoa provided this very opportunity with junior players from the Eastern area of the Pacific battling it out to secure their place in the team for the upcoming Pacific Regions Tournament later this year in Fiji.

We are looking forward to the Pacific Ocean Junior Championship in Fiji in August and two days later many of these juniors will then fly over on the 25th of August for South Pacific Games, which we are looking forward to," Dan O'Connell, the International Tennis Federation Developement Officer says.more

Tennis Set To Go

Facilities at Apia Park are fully complete and tested ready for the 2007 South Pacific Gamesmore
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