Champ’s love affair with tennis


Che Abu Bakar in action during the singles final of the Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia Penang Master competition.

AFTER winning the Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia (WTM) Penang Master 2017 singles crown, Che Abu Bakar Mat, 58, is finally considering retirement.

“I never thought I would achieve much when I first took up this sport in 1996 for leisure and to manage my health.

“I love tennis but whenever I think of retiring, I will find myself joining another tournament,” he said jokingly.

Che Abu Bakar was among 18 players who joined the competition held at the Youth and Sports Complex in Batu Uban.

The players representing Penang, Selangor, Kedah, Johor, Perak and Negeri Sembilan are members of the WTM association.

The doubles title went to Muhammad Hazman Mat Yamin, 23, and Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin, 27.

Muhammad Hazman took up the sport four months ago.

“I am grateful to my partner who guided me throughout the competition.

“We make a good pair and will continue to support each other in other competitions,” he said.

WTM president Lenny Ghandi presented the trophies to the winners.

The WTM tournament has been held yearly since 2011.

The previous editions were held in Pulau Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

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