After 14 years of relentless efforts to enhance and promote Cambodian Tennis, we are proud to announce that the « TEP KHUNNAH MEMORIAL CUP 09 » will boast the strongest international competitors to ever played on Cambodia soil.
We will feature the four best Vietnamese National Team players, Nathan THOMPSON from USA, ranked 350 ATP, Timo SIVAPRUSKA from THAILAND. These world ranked players will be playing against our best here in Cambodia.
This year, the “KEP KHUNNAH MEMORIAL CUP” organizing committee will showcase:
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Tennis history in Cambodia
The sport of tennis in Cambodia had a strong following in the 1950’s and 1960’s before the Khmer Rouge destroyed the sport and its foundations. In its heyday tennis was greatly enjoyed by many spectators including a young Prince Sihanouk as fan of the tennis legend Mr. Tep Kunnah, ranked number one in Cambodia at the time. Cambodian tennis players dominated regional tournaments and youths chose tennis players as role models in life and the sport as a learning tool to stir competition and achievements. Matches were played in many different venues around the country including the Olympic Stadium and exclusive country clubs like Le Cercle Sportif.
The sport of tennis faded away from Cambodian life for a good three decades after the Khmer Rouge takeover but the spirit of tennis lives on through veterans and passionate individuals who want to revive the sport.