Traidhos 2nd Annual International Doubles Tournament, 16 January 2016
The excitement had been building all week as flags were strung and banners arranged to mark Traidhos 2nd Annual International Doubles Tournament at the Traidhos Tennis Academy, in Chiang Mai. The competitor list fluctuated in the days leading to the tournament but when Saturday 16 January dawned, players from Thailand, China, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and America were enjoying the cool, morning sunshine as they warmed up for the day’s games.
The tournament took a Round Robin format and soon the court was filled with the “ooos” and “ahhhs” of spectators and bursts of applause as balls bounced the right side of the line.
By early evening the last games were completed and the trophies were presented. Proud winners of the mixed doubles, Yumie (Japan) and Rico (USA) smiled in the golden light of the evening sunshine as other competitors talked about who they would play with next year. Runner- up Grace (China), who had partnered with Achim (Germany) expressed the sentiments of many when she commented, “It’s been such a good day, with our families cheering us on. We should do this more than once a year!”
The men’s doubles competition was won by Mee Noi (Thailand) and Nik ( Switzerland).
Players celebrated a great day of playing tennis and building friendships with an end of tournament dinner at ML Tri’s Krapood Kitchen restaurant, adjacent to the tennis courts.
Watch the Traidhos Tennis Academy website or facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/TraidhosTennisAcademy) for details of the next doubles tournament.