"We are much better than we were when we first practiced in Jakarta last week," Indonesian male tennis player Christopher Rungkat remarked in a text message from PP Pelti Public Relations received here on Friday.
Although the Indonesian tennis team is more prepared, they admit that they still have shortcomings and need adjustments, especially because the structure of the Jakabaring field in Palembang is different from their training ground in Jakarta.
"We need a little adjustment because the structure of the field in Jakabaring is different," said national tennis player Aldila Sutjiadi.
The 2018 Asian Games tennis branch will start playing on Sunday, while the competition itself will be held on Saturday.
Indonesia itself will put forth its strong players for the 2018 Asian Games, consisting of M. Rifqi Fitriadi and Anthony Susanto (men`s singles); Aldila Sutjiadi and Beatrice Gumulya (women`s singles).
This will be followed by Justin Barki/Christopher Rungkat and Anthony Susanto/David Agung Susanto (men`s doubles); Beatrice Gumulya/Jessy Rompies and Deria Nur Haliza/Joleta Budiman (women`s doubles) and Aldila Sutjiadi/Christopher Rungkat and Jessy Rompies/David Agung Susanto (mixed doubles).
Meanwhile, a number of excellent tennis players have tried the Jakabaring Sport City Palembang tennis court. Among them are Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan), who will be the top seed of the men`s singles, Zhang Shuai (China) "top seeded" women`s singles, including the
Chan duet from Taiwan, Chan Yung Jan and Chan Hao Ching, who are the top women`s doubles.
Reporting by Ricky Prayoga
Editing by Otniel Tamindael