The ongoing coaching programme of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) is likely to undergo a revamp, it is learnt. The current programme, headed by prominent coach Sudantha Soyza, is in its three-month trial period and the SLTA committee, headed by its President Maxwell de Silva, is unlikely to extend the programme for a further period after April when the three-month trial period comes to an end.
"Yes, there will be a change," confirmed Aasiri Iddamalgoda, one of the Vice Presidents of the SLTA, on Saturday.
"Sudantha (Soyza) will also be a part of a new programme but there will surely be a change. The government will also help the SLTA in our national level coaching. Since next month, there will be new faces in our coaching team," added Iddamalgoda.
No decision so far on Davis Cup team
–Iddamalgoda, who is also head of the Tournament & Matches Sub Committee of the SLTA and the present Non-Playing Captain of the Sri Lankan Davis Cup team, said on Saturday that the SLTA was yet to take a decision whether the country would field the same side (that played against New Zealand this month) or a newly picked team for next July’s Round 2 Davis Cup, to be staged in Colombo against Hong Kong – China.
"Only Amresh Jayawickrema showed signs that he could enter the team in the last trials. This time, of course, he’s announced he’s not going to be available due to personal reasons. But, still our selectors under Suersh Subramaniam are yet to make a final decision on what our final combination would be for the Davis Cup next round. Still there are three more months to go (for the Hong Kong tie)," Iddamalgoda said.