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At the inaugural HKTA Outstanding Awards 2003 Ceremony, which served to salute and pay special tribute to those who have accomplished outstanding achievements in the game of tennis in Hong Kong, the HKTA Hall of Fame was also cemented by the honouring of 10 Enshrinees and 4 Inductees who have played a significant role in shaping the Association through its success and progress over the years. The HKTA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremoney in 2016 added five more fine inductees, either as player or contributor.
|Enshrinees||H A Nisbet|
|S E Green|
|Ng Sze Kwong|
|M W Lo|
|Mrs. R E Tottenham|
|Mrs. Enid Lo-Litton|
|S A Rumjahn|
|H D Rumjahn|
|Tsui Wai Pui|
|Tsui Yun Pui|
|Inductees||Ip Koon Hung|
|L Cyril Kotewall|
|Kenneth William Catton|
|Mrs. Ling Tsui Yuen Yuen|
|Mrs. Patricia Hy-Boulais|
While a number of Outstanding Awards were presented to those worthy recipients for their achievements in 2003, one of the highlights of the presentation ceremony was no doubt the Hall of Fame. President of the Hong Kong Tennis Association, Mr. Kenneth Tsui, addressed the audience with an emotional and arousing prologue, as it was indeed a special occasion, which marked the first time those great men and women who pioneered tennis in Hong Kong were appreciated in such a recognised manner.
Moreover, all four Hall of Fame Inductees -- apart from Ip Koon Hung, who was represented by his daughter, Winnie -- gave moving acceptance speeches, summing up the past and glorious history of tennis in the territory marvellously, firm evidence of their heartfelt appreciation of the honour that were bestowed upon them.
One of those inductees was Mrs. Ling Tsui Yuen Yuen who, till this day, remains the first and only tennis player from Hong Kong to bring home a medal from the Asian Games when she partnered Ranjani Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka to win the silver medal in the Ladies' Doubles at the 1962 Asian Games in Indonesia. Mrs. Ling has won seventeen local major Singles titles, nine Ladies' Doubles titles, and ten Mixed Doubles titles. She also has the distinction of being the oldest female local major winner when she captured both the Ladies' Doubles and the Mixed Doubles titles at the 1982 CRC Open at age 41. Despite holding a number of records locally for a female tennis player, she has even managed to win tournaments in England, Australia, Singapore and China (see complete list of achievements of all Enshrinees and Inductees below).
BIOGRAPHIES OF HKTA HALL OF FAMERS
He was the first Hong Kong National Singles Champion by virtue of his triumph at the inaugural Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships in 1911. In fact, he completed a hat-trick of titles by claiming the next two championships in 1913 and 1914 as well. He was also a runner-up in 1917. His success on grass was probably due to his earlier achievements prior to coming to Hong Kong, as Wimbledon records showed a certain H.A. Nisbet being a 3-time Wimbledon Men's Doubles Finalist in the years 1898, 1899, and 1900. One can only assume that it was the same Hugh Adair Nisbet!
He succeeded H.A. Nisbet as triple winner of the Hong Kong National Singles Championships by registering his three-peat from 1915 - 1917. He was also runner-up of the event in 1914 to H.A. Nisbet and 1918 to Ng Sze Kwong.
Ng Sze Kwong (吳仕光)
He was the first local Chinese to become the Hong Kong National Singles Champion. In fact, he succeeded three-time winners H.A. Nisbet and S.E. Green by claiming six straight Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships from 1918 - 1923. He was also a three-time runner-up of the event in 1915, 1916, and 1927. He was the first-ever Men's Doubles champion of Hong Kong when he partnered Wong Po Keung to win the first three editions of the Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships Men's Doubles from 1917 - 1919, and then teaming with Wei Wing Lock to win twice more from 1922 -1923. He also finished runners-up in the doubles twice, in 1920 and 1924.
M.W. Lo (羅文惠)
Lo Man Wai, affectionately known to his friends simply as MW, and later in his life as the 'Grand Old Man of Hong Kong Tennis', M.W. Lo was educated in England as a solicitor before returning to the territory to win the Men's Doubles with his brother M.K. Lo at the 1920 Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships, not to mention adding the singles title in 1929. In addition, he finished as runner-up to Ng Sze Kwong three years in a row in the Men's Singles at the Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships from 1920 - 1922. With his sister Enid, he won the Mixed Doubles of the Hong Kong Hardcourt Championships in 1928, 1930 and 1932, thus elevating him to the status as the only Hong Kong player to have won a local major doubles title with both his brother and his sister.
Mrs. R.E. Tottenham
Mrs. R.E. Tottenham won 5 straight Ladies' Singles titles at the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships from 1925 - 1929. She also teamed up with Miss Enid Lo to win two straight Ladies' Doubles titles at the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships in 1931 and 1932, while adding the Mixed Doubles crown in 1929 with Major R.H. Lucas. She was also a runner-up with husband Dr. R.E. Tottenham in the Mixed Doubles, finishing second to the brother-sister pairing of M.W. Lo and Miss Enid Lo in the first ever mixed final at the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships in 1928.
Mrs. Enid Lo-Litton (aka Enid Lo)
Sister of M.W. Lo, Mrs. Enid Lo-Litton won an impressive thirteen Hong Kong National Championships titles over a 24-year span. She won six Mixed Doubles titles between 1928 - 1952; four Ladies' Singles titles between 1930 - 1932, and 1939; and four Ladies' Doubles titles from 1931 - 1950. She was the only player to win the Triple Crown - singles, doubles, and mixed - during the same year at the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships (in 1932) prior to World War II.
He won a total of twenty-three major Hong Kong titles, which were almost all on grass. He won five Men's Singles at the Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships between 1927 and 1940, and thirteen Men's Doubles titles (partnering his cousin, H.D. Rumjahn) between 1925 and 1940. In the 1940 singles finals, the much older S.A. Rumjahn was given little chance against the leading player of the day, Tsui Yun Pui. His upset win prompted the local press to label it as one of the biggest upsets in the territory's tennis history.
He was an outstanding doubles specialist, and teamed up with his cousin, S.A. Rumjahn, to capture five Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships between 1927 and 1940, and was also a finalist in 1938 and 1941. Although competing predominantly in doubles, he did experience some success in singles, capturing the Championships in 1937, and finishing runner-up in 1936 and 1938.
Tsui Wai Pui (徐煒培)
Widely recognised as one of the two most successful players in the history of Hong Kong tennis (the other being Ip Koon Hung), Tsui Wai Pui (back row centre), pictured here with younger brother Tsui Yun Pui (front row centre), won a remarkable thirty-four major Hong Kong titles over a 32-year span - five Hong Kong National Grass Court Men's Singles titles ('34, '36, '38 - '39, '48); ten Hong Kong National Grass Court Men's Doubles titles ('36, '38 - '39, '41, '47 - '49, '53, '57, '60); four Hong Kong National Hardcourt Men's Singles titles ('37 - '38, '47 - '48); ten Hong Kong National Hardcourt Men's Doubles titles ('37 - '38, '47 - '48, '51, '59 - '61, '63, '66); five Hong Kong National Hardcourt Mixed Doubles titles ('47, '52, '59, '61 - '62).
Admired as one of the most gifted strikers of the ball, Tsui Wai Pui collected a host of titles at both the Hong Kong National Grass Court and Hardcourt Championships. He teamed up regular doubles partner, his younger brother, Tsui Yun Pui, with great success that yielded a total of eighteen doubles titles in all. In 1937, he played Davis Cup for China and in the same year he competed at the famed French Open at Roland Garros. Together with brother Tsui Yun Pui, they were the first doubles tandem from the territory to win a major medal on the Mainland when they captured the Men's Doubles gold medal at the 1948 China National Games.
His Men's Doubles triumph at the 1966 National Hardcourt Championships with Louis Hsu made him the oldest HK player to win a local major, at age 55. In addition, as far back as any form of record can indicate, Tsui Wai Pui was the only Hong Kong player to have ever won or reached local major doubles finals by partnering, at one time or another, his younger brother Tsui Yun Pui (eighteen major doubles titles); his daughter Tsui Yuen Yuen (three Mixed Doubles titles at the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships in '59 and '61 - '62); and his son Kenneth Tsui (Men's Doubles finalists at the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships in '67).
While Tsui Wai Pui played Davis Cup for China, his son Kenneth also played Davis Cup for Hong Kong, while his grandson, Derek Ling, is the current Captain of the Hong Kong Davis Cup team, making three successive generations of his family, starting with Tsui Wai Pui, having direct involvement with the Davis Cup. His daughter, Yuen Yuen, meanwhile, played Fed Cup for Hong Kong, and later also became Captain of the Hong Kong Fed Cup team.
Tsui Yun Pui (徐潤培)
Younger brother of the late Tsui Wai Pui. Although he did not capture as many titles as his esteemed older brother, he nevertheless won the Men's Singles at the Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships in 1941 and captured the doubles title ten times between 1936 and 1960 over an amazing 24-year span. He also won the Men's Doubles at Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships between 1938 and 1963, and as mentioned earlier, won the doubles gold medal at the China National Games in 1948 with Tsui Wai Pui.
Ip Koon Hung (葉觀雄)
Fate brought tennis and this gentlemen together [represented by daughter, Winnie , and pictured right with HKTA President Mr. Kenneth Tsui], as his love for the sport motivated him to continue competing for many years and which his raw talent made him into a Hong Kong tennis legend. All this young man had at the time when he started was a simple wooden racquet, a stray ball he found from the side of a court, and a dented wall to hit against. With these bare essentials, hard work and a natural gift for the sport, this young man went on to win a staggering 53 local majors, the most by any player in the history of Hong Kong tennis.
His achievements speak for themselves. At the Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships, he won fifteen Men's Singles crowns ('47, '49 - '52, '59 - '64) and ten Men's Doubles ('50 - '52, '54 - '55, '58 - '59, '61, '63 - '64). At the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships, he won ten Men's Singles titles ('49, '52 - '53, '55, '58 - '60, '62 - '64), eight Men's Doubles ('49, '53 - '55, '58, '62, '65, '67), and nine Mixed Doubles, the first six with his wife ('49 - '51, '54, '56, '58, '60, '63, '65). He will always be known as the true pioneer for Hong Kong tennis. His achievements speak for themselves - he has won the most championships in Hong Kong's history, racking up a staggering fifty-three titles – 26 in singles and 27 in doubles. He even went on to play at the hallowed courts of Wimbledon, reaching the final of the Plate Competition in 1951. Commanding an excellent serve, the best in Hong Kong during his time, great approach shots and precision volleying, together with his greatest asset of self-belief, he ruled Hong Kong tennis during his heyday and has become a true legend in the history of the sport in Hong Kong.
L. Cyril Kotewall
He won his first title at the grand old age of 12, and his last at the tender age of 72. Known to everyone simply as 'Uncle Cyril', he holds the honour of being the longest-serving person to have dedicated his time and services to Hong Kong tennis, having first started his contributions to local tennis since 1947. He was also the territory's first-ever Davis Cup captain when Hong Kong was accepted to the competition in 1970. As a player, he represented the CRC Men's A League team for an astounding 20 years. He also had the distinction of having served on numerous tennis tournaments and tennis-related organising committees in Hong Kong, and was the only man to have served on the Tournament Committee for both the Hong Kong Hardcourt Championships and the Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships.
Kenneth William Catton M.B.E., C.P.M.
Ken Catton was posted to Hong Kong in late 1945 through the army and later joined the service of the Hong Kong government. He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal (CPM) for meritorious service in 1968. In 1969, he was elected to the council of the then Hong Kong Lawn Tennis Association and became Vice President and Honorary Secretary in 1970. He was elected President in 1972 and served in that capacity for five years, during which the administration of the Tennis Association was restructured.
He was instrumental in getting Hong Kong recognised by the International Tennis Federation as a Davis Cup nation and also making Hong Kong become a part of the Asian professional tennis circuit. He retired from the government in 1974 to pursue a new career as a tennis promoter and was co-founder of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association (HKTPA) with the late M.W. Lo in 1976. He became tournament director of professional tennis events organised by the HKTPA in Hong Kong. He held that position for 25 years until he 'retired' to France after residing in Hong Kong for 50 years. Fittingly, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1976 in recognition of his 'Services to Tennis in Hong Kong'.
Mrs. Ling Tsui Yuen Yuen (徐婉圓)
Widely accepted as the jewel in women's tennis in Hong Kong. Under the tutelage of her father, Tsui Wai Pui, she quickly grasped the intricacies of the game and started collecting trophy after trophy, not only on the local, but international tennis scene. At the Hong Kong National Grass Court Championships, she won three Ladies' Singles titles ('62, '68 - '69), three Ladies' Doubles titles ('68 - '69, '76), and the Mixed Doubles in '68. At the Hong Kong National Hardcourt Championships, she won ten Ladies' Singles titles ('56, '58 - '62, '66, '68 - '70); five Ladies' Doubles titles ('66, '69 - '71, '82), and seven Mixed Doubles ('59, '61 - '62, '66, '69 - '70, '82). She also won the CRC Open Ladies' Singles in '77 and '80; the Ladies' Doubles four-straight times from '79 - '82, and four Mixed Doubles titles in '77, '79 and '81 - '82.
In all, she has won seventeen major singles titles, nine Ladies' Doubles titles, and ten Mixed Doubles crowns. She has the distinction of being the oldest female local major winner when she captured both the Ladies' Doubles and the Mixed Doubles titles at the 1982 CRC Open at age 41. She has won tennis tournaments in England, Australia, Singapore and China. In 1969, following in the footsteps of the great Ip Koon Hung, she competed at the sacred grass courts of Wimbledon, taking part in the Ladies' Singles qualifying and reaching the second round of the Ladies' Doubles. One of her most well known achievements came at 4th Asian Games in Indonesia in 1962 when she captured a Silver Medal in the Women's Doubles (partnering Sri Lanka's Ranjani Jayasuriya). To this day, she remains the only player ever from Hong Kong to come home with a medal from the Asian Games. Besides her accomplishments as a player, she was also coach of the Hong Kong women's team at the World University Games in 1985 and was Captain of the Hong Kong Fed Cup team in the early 1980s.