The Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia(LTAM) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the International Tennis Federation (ITF). All State Affiliates and Angkatan Tentera Malaysia are members of LTAM. The members determine the strategic direction of LTAM and every two years there will be election of Office Bearers which form the Main Committee. The election of new Office Bearers for 2009/2011 was concluded on the 12th September 2009. The Main Committee comprises of the President, 3 Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer and 7 Committee members. The members will ideally elect Office Bearers who can find time to work for LTAM.
In general, the main objectives LTAM centers on the need to facilitate greater tennis participation in the country and in the process develop a sizeable number of high performance players of world class standard. LTAM shall work closely with ITF and National Sports Council and supports its members through the implementation of a wide range of tennis participation, high performance players selection, honing and exposure programs.
Working closely with ITF, National Sports Council and member State Affiliates, LTAM shall organize a number of local and international tennis events, coaching and tennis officiating courses.
Will also assist in the establishment of tennis academies, centers, schools and clubs as their viable existence will greatly assist in grass roots, junior and professional development of tennis in the country. Tennis clinics, workshops, selection trials, elite camps and other talent honing programs are also vital in the development and growth of tennis in the country.
The Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) was established to be the governing body to promote the game of tennis in Malaysia in line with the aspirations and objectives of ITF which it is affiliated to.
The main aims and objectives of LTAM, in general , include but not limited to:
- to facilitate, promote and govern the game of tennis throughout the country in a fair and reasonable manner for its affiliated members
- as a member of ITF, to carry out all the activites which ITF had approved and entrusted to LTAM
- to represent, promote and govern the tennis interest of Malaysia overseas
- ensure the selection procedures for tennis players, officials, coaches and any other person to represent Malaysia in the sport are open and fair
- to strengthen and develop a proven high performance infrastructure for tennis in the country
- to ensure LTAM Constitution rules and regulations are observed and abide by all affiliated members in accordance with the rule of law
- to control and exercise jurisdiction over all its activities in relation to tennis in Malaysia and by representatives of Malaysia abroad
- to maintain good relationship with ITF and/or its equivalent without compromising the interest and reputation of LTAM and Malaysia
- to represent Malaysia in tennis tournaments and activities locally and internationally
The Lawn Tennis Association of Malaya (LTAM) was founded in 1925 due largely to the keenness, foresight and practical work of Mr. Justice McCabe Reay, its first president. The LTAM was later affiliated with the Lawn Tennis Association in England, which in turn was a member of the International Lawn Tennis Federation. By 1935 the LTAM had grown to comprise (Selangor LTA, Perak LTA, Negeri Sembilan LTA, Johore LTA) and the Straits Settlement (Singapore LTA, Penang LTA, Malacca LTA). In 1937 LTAM joined the ILTF. World War 2 interrupted LTAM activities but was revived in 1948 with John A.Choon-leong became the first President of LTAM as well as of SLTA. On the resignation of C.K. Pang as Secretary of both LTA of Malaya and Singapore LTA, the two Associations split off with the Late Mr V. Rajaratnam taking over as Secretary of LTAM
Name of Presidents
Year in office President
1925 Justice McCabe Reay
1934 Sir Walter C. Huggard, K.C.
1938 - 1948 - John A. Dean
1950 Chua Choon Leong
1950 - 1952 Sidney C. Beaty
1950s Tan Sri Abdul Jamil Rais
1958 Tan Beng Chin
1959 Tan Phor Cheng
1960 Soon Cheng Soon
1961 Tan Sri Mohammad Khir Johari
1966 Tan Sri Abdul Jamil Bin Abdul Rais
Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah
1970s Tan Sri Wan Suleiman
1982 - 1985 Tan Sri Abdul Jamil Rais
1985 - 1999 Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba
1999 Tan Sri Salehuddin Mohamed
2005 Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Razak Latiff
The LTAM became an Associate Member of the ILTF in 1937 and a Full Member in 1963. The name was changed to the LTA of Malaysia in 1964 to include the other States of the new Federation of Malaysia.
The Tournament organized by LTA of Malaysia include the Junior Inter-State Competition, Junior Championships, National Grass Court Championships and Inter-State Competition. There is also an annual match between Malaysia and Singapore for mens, womens and juniors. Many international players took part in this Championship, including Neale Fraser, John Newcombe, Tony Roch, Colin Dibley (Australia), Ramanathan Krishnan, Premjit Lall (India), Felicisimo Ampon (Philippines) and top ranking players from other countries in Asia and from New Zealand.
State tournaments and Open Invitational both locally and internally were introduced under the guidance and rules of the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaya and later Malaysia. Such popular tournaments were the annual Malayan/Malaysian Malays Tennis Tournaments patronized and participated by the Rulers, and Governors.
Notable Rulers who participated were: H.R.H. The Sultan of Pahang, H.R.H. The Raja of Perlis, H.R.H. The Sultan of Perak, H.R.H The Sultan of Kedah, H.R.H The Sultan of Terengganu and The Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan. The Rulers were all avid and prominent tennis player who started playing tennis during their college days at home and abroad. They in turn encouraged the ordinary public to participate and play with them in tournaments.
In the sport of tennis it takes 10,000 hours or ten (10) years, so to speak to produce a world class player. That means the player must start at an early age and the parents have to decide which to focus most, sports or studies. What does that mean? It means having to do full time for sports and part time in academics. In sports, there are only few champions and in tennis, if you are the special one, you can be an instant millionaire by winning from just one grand slam tournament.
Although the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia has long been in existence, there is no plan of a winning formula in the past on how to produce world class player to make the country proud. In order to achieve that goal we have no choice but go through the trial and error process relying on proven methods and strategies adopted by successful countries like Spain, Russia and China. We have more or less similar social and development infrastructure, basically, to create a bigger tennis participation base that will create sufficient pool of high performance players, the so-called our talent base.
LTAM has developed five (5) key strategies or key result areas forming the so-called tennis development structure for Malaysia graphically presented in the form of a Christmas tree as per the diagram below.
At the base is the strategy or key result area to generate greater awareness and acceptance of the tennis sport through the creation of more facilities, coaching and officiating courses, grass roots ITF Tennis 10s, social tennis, facilitating the organization of non-ranked tournaments, tennis exhibitions, WTA and ATP. Efforts will be made to attract the top ten world ranking players to make Malaysia as one of their favorite stopover. Thus far LTAM we able to attract big names such Nadal, Federer, Elena Dementieva, Marion Bartoli and Venus Williams. All these tennis participation base activities will be developed in tandem.
The second strategy or key result area is to focus on the creation of a bigger pool of high performance tennis players from the tennis participation base. We are targeting about 128 high performance players for each of the Open, 14U and 10U categories. Vigorous efforts will be directed towards the development of talented players with the required attributes through the organization and implementation of well structured LTAM, ATF and ITF ranked tournaments. In this respect focus will be towards LTAM ranked tournaments such as the National Circuit-Open, Sportexcel National Circuit 14U and ITF Tennis 10s National Circuit; the four (4) ATF 14U ranked tournaments and the ITF Grade 1, 3 and two (2) Grade 4 ranked circuits organized locally in Malaysia.
The third strategy or key result area is to always ensure proper annual identification and fair selection of talent to form the so-called elite players who will represent and play for Malaysia in regional, junior and professional games. LTAM shall endeavor and focus its efforts towards the fast track development of such elite players to bring good name to Malaysia in world tennis. Proper talent identification through selection trials such as Masters which involves not only round robin match play; physical fitness test; right attitude test; certain level of aptitude and good standing with LTAM must be adequately implemented. Talent without self-discipline and respect for the game is talent lost.
The fourth strategy or key result area is the formation of Elite Squad which comprise of players who excel in the Masters Selection. The elite squad skills will be honed and exposed locally and overseas from November till October through rigorous training at Kompleks Tenis Tun Razak and/or academies abroad and exposure in local and international tournaments organized locally and overseas. Normally from November till January they may be sent abroad for a broader international honing and exposure not only to enhance their skills but more important to increase their level of self-confidence. Appearing before an international crowd and facing top ranked players can be a very unnerve ring experience.
The fifth strategy or key result area is the formation of a sustainable and reliable National Squad to participate with a will to win in Davis Cup, Federation Cup, SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games. While winning is not everything yet losing well is everything.
It is hope, with this strategic plan and mission in place, a Malaysian could emerge one day playing in Wimbledon?