Mandiri Canggu Tennis Classic Returns in May


Track down your tennis shoes and restring that racquet because registration is now is open for this year’s Mandiri Finns Recreation Club Open Tennis Classic. With state of the art tennis centre renovations complete, a professional flexi pave surface, under cover courts for all weather convenience and an increased total prize pool of 35 million Rupiah, this annual open tennis tournament is a much anticipated event on the South East Asian Circuit. The tournament, now in its eighth consecutive year, attracts local tennis talent as well as international players from further afield such as Australia, Asia and the US.

This year, returning to its original schedule of late May, the Mandiri Canggu Classic commences from Saturday 23rd with over a week of nail biting tennis action until the closing presentation on Sunday May 31st. Not only is there the added incentive of an increased open prize pool and discounted tournament fees for Finns Recreation Club Gold and Platinum Members as well as KTP holders, there is over one million Rupiah’s worth of additional value included with tournament registration!

Fees include entry to the tournament, an opening night cocktail party, competition t-shirt and a voucher to the value of 100K Rupiah to use at the exquisite Body Temple Spa located at Finns Recreation Club. A deep tissue or sports massage being the ideal solution to ease any post match twinges or tensions and players have the convenience of this superb facility no further than fifty metres away at Bali’s premier sports and entertainment venue.

After an enthusiastic welcome from Head Tennis Coach and tournament coordinator, Paul McCabe, players can kick up their heels at the opening night extravaganza on Friday May 22nd, indulging in two hours of free flow cocktails and canapés along with a DJ to dance your way into the wee hours at Strike Bar! Junior players can also cash in on the fun with free flow soft drinks, snacks and a Bounce Mania pass to ensure an evening of endless entertainment for all.

The games begin the following morning and competitors may register for a maximum of three divisions. Weekday matches will commence from 4pm daily, with weekend games from 10am. Results will be posted daily at Finns Recreation Club Tennis Centre and online via Finns Recreation Club website giving players and spectators the opportunity to see just who is on track to lay claim to their pick of the prize pool thanks to generous sponsors, Bank Mandiri!

Singles and doubles done and dusted and winners declared, the festivities continue the following Sunday straight after the final with a presentations ceremony and Indonesian buffet dinner at The Verandah Cafe, along with entry to Canngu Club from 3pm including hours of cool aquatic fun at Splash Water Park. It’s all included with tournament registration and the perfect conclusion to a sensational week of sport, spectating, socialising and sun!
Register now for the Mandiri Canggu Classic to secure your spot on the winners’ board for 2015. Registration forms are available online: at reception at Finns Recreation Club, or for more information email:
Jalan Finns Recreation Club Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 (361) 848 3939 / +62 82 897 193 939

Swen Takes Training to New Heights

Swen De Ruyter

Swen De Ruyter

An email from Jakarta, a secret desire to return to pro basketball and a holiday to Bali were all fortuitous factors leading to Swen De Ruyter’s current gig as Personal Trainer, JSA coach and Social Basketball coordinator extraordinaire at Finns Recreation Club! Though it appears that the island’s premier sports and recreation venue and its members are also clear winners as Swen brings with him a wealth of international experience and expertise.

Hailing from Breda, Netherlands, Swen De Ruyter is the oldest of three brothers and, as the tallest among his peers, it was little surprise that he showed distinct promise in sports at an early age, particularly basketball!

With an introduction to the game at age 7 and following several years of dedicated training, Swen earned an invitation to play for the Dutch National Youth Team at the tender age of 14. Despite training with pro basketball players well before he reached double decades, his parents insisted he complete his Masters Diploma in Sports Fitness/ Promotion and Personal Training first. A move which paid obvious dividends as he was offered a top position as a personal trainer, working alongside a ‘movement scientist’ with the Italian Olympic Committee. An exciting position which involved creating, developing and conducting tests on internationally acclaimed elite athletes and recreational sportspeople alike.

Fast forward a few years and a successful business as a personal trainer and Swen received the email that would eventually see Bali beckon. It was an invitation to play pro basketball once again, this time for Jakarta based Indonesian Warriors in the ASEAN comp. After a stellar season and a close game in the final, the season concluded and a sea change was next on the agenda. With Swen’s sought after skills and expertise, it wasn’t difficult for him to secure tenure and his current position involves personal training at Finns Recreation Club, as well as captaining the very popular Spin Cycle classes at Finns Recreation Club Fitness.

Another important aspect of Swen’s role at Finns Recreation Club is his work as coach of JSA Basketball. “It’s great fun to work with kids and improve their skills. It’s amazing how quickly they develop their skill set! The whole program is so well structured. I follow and note all of their progress and create a basketball passport for them. They love the hard work and the structured approach.”

The latest in Swen’s long list of activities is coordinator of a new Social Basketball night, free for all Finns Recreation Club members, guests and day pass holders. Every Monday evening at 7pm, players of any age or ability can join in and play some ball. So if you fancy yourself as a shooter or dribbler (of the basketball kind of course) or keen for a little one on one, register your interest by emailing:
Jalan Finns Recreation Club Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 (361) 848 3939 / +62 82 897 193 939