The Tennis Association of Trinidad &Tobago (TATT) has been awarded for excellence in tennis development by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The award, given in recognition of their achievements in the development of tennis locally and regionally, was presented to TATT secretary & COTECC director Jermille Danclar by ITF president David Haggerty at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Confederation of Tennis for Central Americas and the Caribbean (COTECC) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Afterwards, TATT president Hayden Mitchell, who is also director of COTECC, said it had been a three-year journey, where his executive developed and executed its plan for tennis enhancement and worked diligently on executing it in a very professional manner.
Mitchell, a businessman by profession, also recognised the strategic partners who contributed in various ways over the years to their objectives. He said the plan focused on six pillars, namely administration, coaches, parent & players, facilities, clubs and sponsors, all of which were identified as critical areas for the sport.
Over the past three years, the tennis association has conducted a multitude of junior and senior tournaments, professional tournaments, club competitions, regional conferences, coaching certification courses, officiating courses and local and regional development camps.
Due to the work of the tennis association, the country is being seen as an emerging tennis nation, the ITF president said.
Mitchell also thanked Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe and her staff, officials at the Sport Company of T&T and the Office of the Prime Minister, and all sponsors and organisers of tennis events.