River city offer nabs ace coach Romero

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 16/10/2012
Victor Romero
WARWICK SMITH/Fairfax NZ
MOVING ON: Manawatu tennis coach and player Victor Romero will be concentrating on coaching in Whanganui this season.

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Manawatu will no longer be able to call on the services of former Mexican Davis Cup player Victor Romero.

The former coach and Manawatu Lawn Tennis Club interclub player will be spending most of his time coaching for the Wanganui Tennis Club in the river city this summer.

He will commute to Wanganui a few times a week, which will see him cut all coaching he was doing in Manawatu as well as playing for the Manawatu club and Manawatu rep side.

"At the moment I'll just focus on the Wanganui group now," he said.

Formerly ranked 395th in the world, Romero's coaching and playing ability will be sorely missed.

Tu Toa performed well with his help and both the MLTC interclub side and representative sides will take a hit without him playing.

"It was a good offer. I think it was the next step for me to take."

He will still travel to Auckland to play in the interclub competition there with Campbells Bay in North Harbour.

So he won't be playing interclub for MLTC this season after winning the competition last summer and he will wait and see if he can play for Wellington Tennis Club in the capital.

It might slow down slightly after a busy season last year where he was playing interclub in Palmerston North on a Wednesday night, flying to Auckland to play on a Friday night, then flying back to Wellington on Saturday to play before returning to Palmerston North.

Romero was approached by David Butters, the father of Wanganui player Kyle, and was happy to accept the job.

He has already held several private training sessions and will start squad training in the next few weeks.

He still lives in Palmerston North with his wife, Katrina Gemmell, and daughter, Anabel.

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- Manawatu Standard

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