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SPORT Tennis in Kazakhstan is getting bigger Rodion Lukashov, Orange and Green Balls Winner Loud victories of professionals, new tennis centers, the mass development of children's tennis – all this is due to the work of the Tennis Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and individual tennis clubs, such as Gorky Tennis Park. For the development of this sport you need more than financial support, you need a genuine love for playing tennis. Eleven years have passed since the beginning when the Tennis Federation of Kazakhstan (FTC) was headed Bulat Utemuratov. He immediately determined the general direction of the work – to make tennis in Kazakhstan a mass and accessible sport. In 2007, the federation developed a long-term development strategy for tennis, approved by the head of state and approved by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Karina Lavrova, Green ball The strategy primarily involved the creation of necessary infrastructure – the construction of tennis centers with courts for children in all regions of Kazakhstan. After 11 years, the number of courts has quadrupled – from 60 to 244. This year, tennis centers opened in Almaty, Aktobe, Petropavlovsk and Shymkent. In 2019, it is planned to open new tennis centers in Karaganda, Astana and Aktau. Special attention should be paid to the project ‘Team Kazakhstan’, which gave Kazakhstanis a chance to gain a foothold among the best players. The strongest juniors from all regions of Kazakhstan at the age of 16 are selected to the academy and fall under the full financial support of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, which includes training with the best coaches of Kazakhstan, five meals a day, accommodation at the Tennis Team Hotel, as well as trips to Republican and international competitions. For example, graduates of the Team Kazakhstan Academy Dmitry Popko, Timur Khabibulin, Denis Evseev, Gozal Aynitdinova and Zhibek Kulambaeva are already full-fledged members of our national team in the Davis Cup and the Federation Cup. 64 world monitor