A tennis star in search of Olympic glory

Leopold Chen

Local tennis sensation Coleman Wong Chak-lam said he will represent Hong Kong at the Davis Cup in Taiwan in September and also has his sights set on the Paris Olympics in 2024.

The 18-year-old revealed his plans at a press conference yesterday after returning home after a year of competing abroad.

Wong made history in September by winning the US Open men’s doubles title with French partner Max Westphal in New York – a first for Hong Kong – but failed to qualify for the men’s singles. of the same test.

In January, Wong also won the Australian Open men’s doubles award with American partner Bruno Kuzuhara.

Speaking to the Hong Kong Tennis Association, Wong described winning the US Open as a “miracle”.

He said: “Based on our ranking, we weren’t qualified, but we were able to join because someone quit.

“It never occurred to us that we could go all the way,” he added.

This month, Wong once again made history by becoming the first SAR player to reach the quarter-finals of men’s singles at Wimbledon.

He said he was impressed with his supporters as he could hear them cheering in Cantonese.

“It was a special experience, as I had been away for so long and barely heard Cantonese, and their cheering made me feel at home.”

He added that their enthusiasm made him want to win to pay them back.

“In the past, I have always seen fencing and swimming athletes win major titles for Hong Kong, and now I am very proud to become one of those athletes,” he said.

Wong plans to represent Hong Kong at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“It’s what I dreamed of since I started playing tennis. I just thought I would play tennis for Hong Kong and be the first Hong Konger to do so,” he said.

“I also want to compete here in Hong Kong one day and I hope my fans can cheer me on at home.”

The top athlete was admitted to the University of Hong Kong through its Top Athlete Direct Admissions Program in March after rejecting offers from Stanford and Harvard.

He will pursue a degree in business administration online from September while balancing his tennis career.

Wong trains at a country club in Clear Water Bay to stay in shape.

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