Weekend tennis tournament to raise money for charity

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Local tennis plays will hit the courts this weekend to raise money for charity at the Tennis Friendship Pattaya “mini tennis” event in Jomtien.

The Nov. 22-23 tournament at the Jomtien Condotel and Village is the second organized this month by TFP, which was founded in 2009 by Urasin Kantarapat with the support of the Pattaya Tennis Association and local players from various clubs.

About 30 players took part in the “mini tennis” charity event Nov. 13 at Paradise Villas 1 on Soi Thungklom-Tanman near Sukhumvit Soi 89.  Urasin organized the match with Paradise Villas chairman Sheldon Shaeffer, former director of UNSECO’s Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education.

Tennis players and organizers pose for a group photo following the conclusion of the mini tennis tournament at Paradise Villas 1 in Pattaya on Thursday, November 13. The next event in the series will take place this weekend, Nov. 22-23 at Jomtien Condotel and Village.Tennis players and organizers pose for a group photo following the conclusion of the mini tennis tournament at Paradise Villas 1 in Pattaya on Thursday, November 13. The next event in the series will take place this weekend, Nov. 22-23 at Jomtien Condotel and Village.

The charity fundraising will continue Dec. 5-7 in Bangkok at the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance’s Bangkok Pride tournament at Chulalongkorn University.

Money from ticket sales and donations go to the Father Ray Foundation, Prabartnumpu Temple Foundation for HIV victims, and to provide clothing and necessities for people in Thailand’s troubled south and along the Cambodia border.