KUALA LUMPUR: Vincent Tan emerged as the boys’ Under-18 champion in the opening leg of the SportExcel-NSC-Milo-MSSM national junior tennis circuit here yesterday to strengthen his claim for a place in the national back-up squad.
The 18-year-old Selangor player continued his dominance in junior tournaments, outclassing Penang’s Brendon Choong 6-1, 6-2 to win the title at the National Tennis Centre.
“It is good to start the year by winning the first-leg of this junior circuit. It will certainly help me to get a place in the back-up squad,” said Vincent, who was the circuit’s Masters champion last year.
Besides the junior circuit, Vincent is also hoping to play in more tournaments on the International Tennis Federation circuit for Group Three players.
The other winners in the opening leg of the junior circuit – Nur Farhana Taufeek (Under-18 girls), Chong Zhia Hwa (Under-16 boys) and V. Chellapriya (Under-16 girls) – also showed that they are on the right track to get into the national back-up team.
The Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia’s tournament referee, Mohd Azahari Ramli, said that the circuit was a good platform to identify talent.
“The association are in the process of forming a back-up team. The boys will compete in the Junior Davis Cup (in April) and the girls will take part in the Federation Cup (in May),” said Azahari.
The next leg of the circuit will be held at the same venue from March 23-26.