Paul Dale Tennis Technical Director SingaporeSINGAPORE: The Singapore Tennis Association (STA) has hired a technical director to help the association with its vision and plan to groom future tennis champions.

New Zealand's Paul Dale, who has worked in Thailand for 26 years, was hired on a two-year contract. He is due to arrive in Singapore in January 2012.

In April 2010, the STA announced plans to select full-time young players for the sport with a half-a-million dollar fund. Eight players have been shot-listed and sent for overseas training.

And now, 52-year-old Paul Dale, considered one of the best in the region, will help STA train the players locally with the right technical expertise.

Dale's resume is impressive having worked in India, China and New Zealand besides Thailand, where he is based. He also founded the Tennis Academy of Asia.

Gilbert Ng, General Manager of Singapore Tennis Association, said: "From what I understood from Paul, who is going to be the Technical Director, they will be training twice a day in the morning, in the afternoon, and perhaps gym and strength and conditioning during mid-day. And there will be at least ten tournaments that the players have to participate in, in ITF Junior tournaments."

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