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Nurshaneem to train, study in U.S.

7th December, 2017

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: State 2016 Sukma Games tennis mixed doubles gold medallist, Nurshaneem Imann Shamsuddin had her dream come true when she was offered a scholarship to train in the United States.

The teenager’s ambition of playing tennis and furthering her studies in the States was realised as she was enrolled into the IMG Academy in Florida personally by legendary US tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri.

Nurshaneem had the shock of her life when Bollettieri approached her during one of the coaching clinics held at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur, recently.

“I could not believe that Bollettieri came to meet me personally and offered to train me at his prestigious academy in the United States. It is a dream come true for me.

“I always dreamt of going to the US for tennis and further studies. However, it is not that easy to get finance or entry without any recommendation from renowned academies or connections in the tennis fraternity,” she said.

Nurshaneem thanked her father, Shamsuddin Mustamin for not only encouraging her to play tennis since an early age of four years old but also for being her coach until she acquired the best tennis strokes as a complete player on the court.

Sabah Tennis Association (STA) and its president, Johnson Koh congratulated Nurshaneem after receiving the news that she got accepted into such a well-known tennis academy.

Earlier in the year, her Sukma Games mixed doubles partner, Christian Didier Chin was enrolled into the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy also in the United States.

“This also happened as Christian was spotted by one of the JKTA coaches when he went overseas representing Malaysia by competing in tournaments under the ATF and ITF.

“Both junior players have passionate parents as from day one, their fathers are the ones who coached, influenced and financed them to compete in various tournaments.

“The entire tennis fraternity in Sabah is happy and grateful to those who spotted our local junior tennis prodigies and enrolled them into their prestigious academies without any financial burden to the families,” said Koh.

He also wished all the best to both Christian and Nurshaneem in their training, hoping that both players will become future role models to their younger tennis juniors here in Sabah.

   
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