Please find the complete results below for the Southeast Asian Men’s Team Invitational Tournament below. The events that were held were the Men’s Team event, and also in addition a Men’s Singles event was held to give the players more practice matches.
Men’s Team Event
Monday March 6th
Cambodia lost to Singapore 3-0
#1 Singles: Long Samneang lost to Shaheed Alam 6-1 6-2
#2 Singles: Our Sarith lost to Joshua Liu 6-1 6-3
Doubles: Bun Kenny/Mam Phalkun lost to Roy Hobbs/Steve Ng 3-6 6-3 6-2
Tuesday March 7th
Cambodia lost to Indonesia 2-1
#1 Singles: Long Samneang lost to Anthony Susanto 6-2 6-0
#2 Singles: Our Sarith lost to Panji Untung 6-1 6-0
Doubles: Bun Kenny/Mam Phalkun beat Rifqi Fitriadi/ Arief Rahman 3-6 6-3 6-3
Wednesday March 8th
Cambodia lost to Malaysia 3-0
#1 Singles: Long Samneang lost to Syed Mohd Agil Naguib 6-1 6-2
#2 Singles: Our Sarith lost to Ahmeed Deedat 6-0 6-3
Doubles: Bun Kenny/Mam Phalkun lost to Assri Merzuki/Christian Lee 6-2 5-7 6-2
Men’s Singles (Individual Event)
Long Samneang lost to Muhd Rifqi Fitriadi 6-2 6-3
Our Sarith beat Ahmed Deedat 6-4 6-7(0) 6-2
Thursday March 9th
Our Sarith lost to Panji Untung 6-0 6-0
The purpose of the event was to unite the Southeast Asian countries in an invitational that could provide the participating countries with a lot of valuable match play and match experience leading up to the Southeast Asian Games to be held later in Malaysia in August. Not only was it to give the players matches, but also to create an event for the countries to bond and work together as well, creating stronger relationships among the region’s tennis nations.
Although Cambodia was not able to win a team match, it was really great for Head National Coach, Braen Aneiros, to see the younger players like Long Samneang and Our Sarith, to play in real match situation.
Probably the highlight of the trip was Our Sarith’s win over top Malaysian player, Ahmed Deedat, especially after losing to Deedat in the #2 spot in the team event. Rith was able to hit solid returns as Deedat approached the net on almost every point. After suffering from some nerves to close out the match after being a set and 4-1 up, Deedat came back to take the second set in a tiebreaker, winning the tiebreak at love. In the 3rd set, Rith went up early and was able to close it out and take revenge over Deedat, who had earlier defeated Sarith in straight sets.
It was a great win for him as this is also Rith’s first time competing in a team event for Cambodia.