From left Mandarin Oriental general manager Jonas Schuermann, deputy Sports Minister, Wee Jack Seng, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Datin Paduka Rosmah Mansor, IMG Asia tennis chief, Nick Freyer and LTAM president, Datuk Abdul Razak Latiff
Tennis fans, make a date at Putra Stadium on Sept 28-Oct 4 for the Malaysia Open is now part of the ATP calendar. As I write this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is at the main table about to officially launch the tournament which offers a total cash prize money of US$960,000. Expected to feature are David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Nikolay Davydenko and Fernando Verdasco.
Updated - Najib was given a note prior to his speech that French Open runner-up Robin Soderling has confirmed his participation.
My only question to our beloved Prime Minister and my fellow Johannian, is why is tennis not part of the Malaysia Games or popularly known as Sukma in Malacca next year?
Updated - The PM did answer this from a question by Malay Mail's Haresh Deol: "We are going to review this." The Cabinet Committee on Sports Development, which may be chaired either by Najib or his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, may well put this on the agenda when they convene next.