Sports for Hope Foundation (SFHF) proudly announced that Three Junior Tennis Players, Jack Wong Hong-kit, Jackie Tang and Lam Ching, benefitted from SFHF’s Most Outstanding Junior awards from HKSI as of 2nd Quarter of 2014, are looking to make a name for themselves on the world stage at the Junior Davis Cup finals in Mexico from week of September 22, 2014. Moreover, they will all come to play with donors at Sports For Hope Foundation 2 days Fundraising tennis challenge for $500 per session!
[MEDIA ARCHIVE FROM SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST]
Having beaten the best juniors Australia had to offer, Hong Kong’s young tennis players are looking to make a name for themselves on the world stage at the Junior Davis Cup finals in Mexico this week.
Jack Wong Hong-kit, Jackie Tang and Lam Ching are in San Luis Potosi preparing to take on some of the best juniors in the world thanks to their third-place finish at the Asia/Oceania final qualifier in Kuching, Malaysia, in May. There they beat not only Australia 2-1, but also Taiwan 2-1 in the play-off for third/fourth.
Former world number six Elliot Telscher, who has just arrived in Hong Kong to join the national squad as head of player development, said the boys had the power of surprise.
“They should have a shot. [Facing the stronger teams] you never know, as they don’t know you either,” said American Telscher, who won 10 ATP titles in his career.
“I think the hard part for people here is they kind of assume everybody is better than them and that is the problem; while the United States goes in assuming they are better than anybody.
“They have that air of confidence, unfortunately here it’s the other way around,” said Telscher, who has set a target of Hong Kong players competing in grand slam events in “six to 10 years’ time”.
Wong, 16, the oldest and the only one who trains full-time, said this tournament marked the beginning of a new stage in his career. “I want to attend all four [junior] grand slams next year, so I want to see how good the European and American players are as I rarely meet them in tournaments in Asia,” said Wong.
“I was outside 800 in the world junior rankings a year ago, and now I am at 231. It is a huge leap, but I missed numerous chances to break into the top 200,” said Wong.
“I will play in higher ranked tournaments to bag more points to enter the top 100 in the world. Even though this team event won’t get me any ranking points, it is still be a valuable learning opportunity,” he said.
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