Press Release

April 2021

Fitz Club’s Highly-Anticipated Annual Tennis Tournament was a Smash Hit!

The 13th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament recently held at the Fitz Club – Racquets, Health and Fitness was a smashing success. Sponsored by Siam Daikin Sales Co., Ltd, Carabao Group, Yonex Thailand, Dunlop Thailand, Meiji, Supply Gallery, T&T Aluminum, Fur-right and VC Fabric, the tournament brought together Thai players and expatriates along with supportive fans in this thrilling 3-day event.

Keen Tennis players of all levels gathered early on Friday afternoon as the tournament started with a warm welcome from Mr. Vitanart Vathanakul, the CEO of Royal Cliff Hotels Group, who is also an accomplished Tennis player and a long-time enthusiast of the sport. The tournament adopted the round-robin scoring system format which enabled competitors to play several heart-pumping matches against different opponents making it an action-packed weekend of fun and exciting matches for all.  A brilliant display of top-level Tennis was delivered as participants of the Fitz Club Tennis Tournament this year included a Thailand Open Senior Champion, a Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) Champion, a Polo Club Champion, a Le Smash Club Champion as well as several ex ITF champions who made the event more electrifying.

Mr. Kovit Ratanaphet, a previous Thailand Open Senior Champion, was crowned the 13th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament Champion. Dr. Anand Vichyanond (RBSC Champion), who was last year’s Fitz Club Tennis Champion was the 1st runner-up. The winner was awarded a trophy, Royal Cliff room voucher and a Yonex Tennis racquet and backpack.

Mr. Ryckembusch Martial (Ex ITF Champion) was announced as the winner of the second division.

New and returning athletes, lively spectators, great sportsmanship and camaraderie made the 13th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament be another smashing blockbuster event!

Royal Cliff aims to build a Tennis and sports community in Pattaya and allow more senior players the opportunity to stay active, improve their game and get more socially connected. It continually makes a positive difference in the lives of athletes who are given the chance to play, have fun and develop a lifetime appreciation for the sport. Preventive measures against COVID-19 were placed during the tournament which was in accordance with government guidance when it comes to health, social distancing and hygiene.  These include temperature checks, no handshakes, regularly cleaning the public areas and players’ chairs, the use of hand sanitizers and social distancing guidelines for the spectators. A nurse was on standby throughout the tournament.

Fitz Club – Racquets, Health & Fitness has been frequented by top ATP players including Mikhail Youzhny, Denis Istomin and Nikolay Davydenko who has set up tennis camp here frequently. The Tennis courts are of the same standard as the Australian Open so top players choose Fitz Club to get used to the conditions to prepare for the big grand slam tournament. Renowned as the leading luxury sports center in Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard region, it is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including excellent cardio machines, 7 floodlit tennis courts, 2 air-conditioned squash courts, swimming pool, table tennis and sauna & steam rooms.

For more information on the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and Fitz Club, please visit www.royalcliff.com and www.facebook.com/fitzclub

About Fitz Club’s major sponsors:-

Carabao Group Public Company Limited is a holding company engaging in manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing of energy drinks and other beverages in a vertically integrated manner starting from upstream productions of key packaging materials down to bottling and canning of finished products.  They also do distribution channel management both domestically and internationally under the world-class product, world-class brand vision.

Siam Daikin Sales Co., Ltd, is a joint venture between Siam Motors Group and Global Daikin which have been operating in Japan for almost 100 years.  The company, which is the world’s leading air conditioning company distributes Daikin air conditioning and air purifier product solutions for residential and commercial throughout Thailand.  Daikin is the world’s leading air conditioning company that creates new values for tomorrow by developing new value to the world by creating and improving products and services based on near-to-the-market strategy with strong knowledge about the air. Their promise is “Perfecting the Air” for all requirements.

Far East Specialty Co., Ltd. is considered one of the leading distributors of sports products in Thailand. They have been appointed as the sole distributor of the racket sports brand “YONEX” for 48 years.  Yonex is a world-class sports brand that specializes in badminton and tennis. By combining timeless Japanese craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, Yonex has been giving players the tools they need to triumph on the court for over 60 years. The Yonex philosophy has always remained the same: to contribute to the world through innovative technology and the highest quality products.

Photo Caption: The 13th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament was a smashing blockbuster event!
The tournament was officially opened by Royal Cliff’s CEO, Mr. Vitanart Vathanakul.

Photo Caption: Sponsored by Siam Daikin Sales Co., Ltd, Carabao Group, Yonex Thailand, Dunlop Thailand, Meiji, Supply Gallery,
T&T Aluminum, Fur-right and VC Fabric, the Fitz Club Tennis Tournament brought together
Thai players and expatriates along with supportive fans in this thrilling 3-day event.

Photo Caption: Dr. Anand Vichyanond (Royal Bangkok Sports Club Champion), this year’s 1st runner-up and last year’s
Fitz Club champion, exhibits his tennis finesse during the 13th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament.

Photo Caption:  Mr. Vitanart Vathanakul, the CEO of Royal Cliff Hotels Group,
fought it out to reach the tough semifinals stage during the 13th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament.

Photo caption: Mr. Thibault Sellier, the Resident Manager of the Royal Wing Suites & Spa
presents the prizes to Mr. Kovit Ratanaphet, the Champion of the 13th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament.

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