Four national tennis stars to represent Solomon Islands at Pacific Nations Cup 2024

BY ELTON LONARATHA JNR

FOUR national tennis athletes will represent the Solomon Islands at the Pacific Nations Cup 2024, hosted in American Samoa this week. The team departed on Saturday for the competition, which runs from June 5th to 10th in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

The Solomon Islands Tennis Association (SITA) confirmed the team’s departure and announced the names of the athletes who will compete in the week-long tournament.

Representing Team Solomon are Junior Michael Miki, Pyongil Justus, Zorika Morgan, and Prudence Bird.

SITA extended its best wishes to the team, stating, “All the best to our senior team traveling to American Samoa for the Nation’s Cup Tennis Competition. The team will transit via Fiji to Samoa and American Samoa.”

SITA also expressed gratitude to those who made the trip possible and encouraged the athletes to compete to their best abilities and make the country proud. Coach Doreen Ningalo added her support, saying, “Wishing the Solomon Islands Tennis team the best of luck in the Pacific Nations Cup 2024 in American Samoa. Go out there and give your best effort. Play your hearts out and enjoy the games. May the Lord bless you, keep you all safe, and give you strength during the week of the tournament.”

The Pacific Nations Cup will feature 60 athletes from 11 Pacific countries and territories, competing for supremacy in both men’s and women’s events at the ASTA Tennis Facility in Lions Park. This event is akin to the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup, with Class C member nations competing in ties consisting of two singles rubbers and one doubles rubber.

The 11 participating countries and territories include host American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Team Tonga was the first to arrive for the competition yesterday.

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