Tennis news 2022, Li Tu wins ATP Challenger Seoul title, mother’s cancer battle, standings, scores, results
Australian tennis talent Li Tu fought back tears on Sunday as he won a maiden ATP Challenger Tour title in Seoul, Korea.
The Aussie battled through qualifying all the way to the Seoul title, beating two much higher ranked Aussies along the way – Christopher O’Connell and James Duckworth in the quarters and then the semis.
The 26-year-old jumped more than 100 places in the world rankings with the title, taking him to a career high of 190th in the world.
But that has nothing to do with the harrowing journey the Adelaide-born star has endured over the past two months – losing her mother to cancer at the end of September.
In an emotional post on social media, Tu revealed that he continued to train only because his mother convinced him that she was “better” and that he traveled to Korea the day after. his funeral.
“Today is your birthday mom. It has been the hardest 2 months of my life. Watching you fight cancer, struggle and beat every day as you slowly lose your mind,” Li Tu wrote. .
“To continue tennis training because you’ve been relentless I have to keep going and you’re ‘getting better’. Being by your side as you breathed your last on 9/24/22 surrounded by our loving family “, he added.
“A few days before you died, you said to me ‘I’ll see you in Korea’ and I burst into tears. Coming to Korea the day after your funeral, I wasn’t sure I could but before every game , I was looking up at the sky and I couldn’t help but smile when I saw you,” he continued.
He ended the heartbreaking post by writing, “We did it mum.”