Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Yayuk Basuki, former national player is still thinking much about what she can do for her country's tennis development. She managed to get a private national pharmaceutical company to sponsor a junior circuit which was concluded yesterday in Jakarta. As the woman behind the curtain, Yayuk as always low-profile and she is very humble...I had the privilege to watch this Hemaviton Challenge which held at historical tennis complex in Senayan, Jakarta. This tennis circuit was only for junior players both boys and girls and the both sexes were divided into 14 yo group and 18 yo group! All the matches were played in red clay courts. This past week was the 1st leg of 3 series. The next serie will be held in June and finaly, they will have Masters Series with only 16 players who have accumulated points from the 1st two legs of this circuit. The masters series will be held in September. The winners from each age group will be sent to compete in junior international tournaments abroad!!! Not bad for a start!
This past week, I saw many players competed from all parts of Indonesia. I was impressed with the presence of 2 West Papuan boys who came all the way from Serui, West Papua...Indeed, they had to pay the most expensive airfare to come to Jakarta...Coming from West Papua is like flying from New York to LA! I heard that in the past, some players had to sleep at pro-shop at the tournament site or even at a mosque! For boys singles of 18 yo group, Sunu Wahyu Trijati of Jakarta came out as the winner by defeating Christian Adinata, a native Madiunese in East Java. Sunu won easily 6-1, 6-1...Sunu did not play at his best actually but he took the advantage of Adinata's UEs. Sunu was fresh from his 2nd ITF titles the week before at Salonpas Grade 2 in Jakarta and now he is ranked 77 after 172!!! Maya Rosa who is now living in Surabaya, who was runner-up in Grade 2 the week before, managed to be the winner since there was not much challenge from same level of players like Sandy Gumulya or Septi Mende who were opted due to injury...Maya downed a Balinese girl, Nancy Metriya - she won 6-1, 6-0! Both Sunu and Maya will be playing at Grade 1 ITF tournament in Kuala Lumpur next week.
For 14 yo group, Agung Bagus Dewantoro, a native of Magelang/Central Java, won the boys' singles by defeating Fendi Gunawan of Bandung/West Java with scores 6-1, 6-0! While for girls' singles, Mia Sacca of Yogyakarta who has been competing in many 16 yo group's matches, came out as the champion by defeating Lutfiana of Kudus/Central Java 6-1, 6-1. Both Maya and Mia won also the doubles in each age group respectively! Each winner were given trophy as well as prizes such as cellphone, gift certificate of sport equipment and "Hemaviton" energy drink!!!
One thing I have noticed that a 14 yo player from Bandung, while she was having break between games in her doubles final match, she was still SMSing...I did not like that! She should have turned her cellphone off for her match sake! Teens nowadays!!!
It was a great tournament after all! I congratulated Yayuk Basuki for her great work! For spectators, by the committee, we were allowed to have coffee or tea and some yummy snacks while we were watching the final matches...It was nice of them to have such refreshments! Looking forward to have better quality of tournament in June!