President of Indonesian Lawn Tennis Association (PELTI), Rildo Ananda Anwar hopes for the support of the Chef de Mission (CdM) team and NOC Indonesia heading to the 31st SEA Games next month. Support, especially for the players' recovery is crucial due to the tight turnaround between matches at the SEA Games.
"The most important thing is they are ready to play, physically and technically. We hope our preparation enable the athletes to achieve the best results, but I hope the NOC and Ministry of Youth and Sports can also support us, especially for recovery," said Rildo to the CdM team during its visit to monitor the players' preparation on Tuesday (12/4).
In terms of target, mixed doubles, men's doubles, and women's doubles will be eyeing gold medals in Vietnam.
"For mixed doubles, with Christo (Christopher Rungkat) and Aldila (Sutjiadi), we also hope the men's doubles with Christo and Rifqi (M. Rifqi Fitriadi)," said Rildo.
"For the women's doubles, we also want to win the gold medal, but we will see who will play, it could be Bea (Beatrice Gumulya) and Jessy (Rompies), or Bea and Aldila, or Aldila and Jessy, we'll adapt to the situation on the field," added Rildo.
Rildo appreciates the visit by the CdM team and hopes to maintain a close communication between PELTI and the CdM team.
"Thank you for visiting us today, we hope our communication goes beyond the ceremonial stuff, but we should strive to communicate daily, up to the departure date. They can visit us anytime, to monitor the players, and hopefully to support the players in whatever they need," said Rildo.
On the same occassion, head coach of the tennis team, Deddy Prasetyo, explain that the team's preparation has went on for more than a year, non-stop.
"We started more than a year ago, non-stop. At most, we take a week's break, then we continue again," said Deddy.
"On Thursday (14/4), the players will go to Thailand for a tournament. In tennis, we don't have the luxury of a long-term training camp to prepare, every week there is a tournament, so we always focus on the next tournament," added Deddy.
Deddy also agrees with Rildo in terms of target for the SEA Games.
"Men's team and Women's team, and then in women's doubles and mixed doubles, we hope to win gold medals," Deddy concluded.