- Published on Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:04
- Written by Andy Yanne
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The Hong Kong Tennis Champions Cup 2017 takes place this weekend from Dec 9-10 at the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club featuring current All China Games champion, Zhang Ze and Gong Mao-Xin, as well as the Indonesian-Indian combo of Christopher Rungkat and Saketh Myneni.
Live broadcast will be available on www.hk01.com's Facebook page.
"One of the reasons for organising the HKTCC is that we want to give local players the opportunity to compete against seasoned ATP professionals" says CBGCC Tennis Director, Stephen So. "We're really excited to see how Jack Wong, Brian Yeung, and Kevin Wong perform this weekend."
"This year, we also have an 18-year-old youngster from Taiwan, Hsu Yu-Hsiou, who is the current Australian, Wimbledon, and US Open boys' doubles champion," he added.
Six teams are divided into two groups, with the top 2 advancing to the semifinals following the round robins. The finalists will be contesting for a cool winner's cheque worth HK$80,000, while the runners-up will earn HK$50,000.
|Yellow Group||Green Group|
|Zhang Ze/Gong Mao-Xin (CHN)||Christopher Rungkat/Saketh Myneni (INA/IND)|
|Brian Yeung/Hsieh Cheng-Peng (HKG/TPE)||Peng Hsien-Yin/Hsu Yu-Hsiou (TPE)|
|Misato Shiga/Kaito Uesugi (JPN)||Kevin Wong/Jack Wong (HKG)|
In 2017, Zhang Ze and Gong Mao Xin enjoyed a fairly good run of results on the Challenger Circuit, winning in Zhuhai, reaching the finals in San Francisco and Suzhou, and reaching the semis in Binghamton, Gatineau, Yokohama, and Maui.
Zhang, nicknamed "ZZ" according to ATP.com, captured his first ATP Challenger singles title earlier in San Francisco when he beat former world No. 25 Vacek Pospicil in the final.
Zhang reached a career-best No. 107 back in March while, Gong, who won a silver in men's doubles at the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010 together with Li Zhe, peaked at No. 86 in October 2016.
In 2012, Zhang Ze and Gong Mao-Xin beat Hsieh Cheng-Peng and Lee Hsin-Han to win the Clearwater Bay title, 6-4, 3-6, [10-7].
Indonesia's Rungkat is ranked No. 121 at present, just three places off his career-high. This season on the Challenger Circuit, he won Lisbon (w/ Ruan Roelofse) and Winnetka (w/ Sanchai Ratiwatana), while reaching the final in Dallas, Ningbo, Kobe (w/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan), Shenzhen (w/ Hsieh Cheng-Peng), and Toyota (w/ Ruben Gonzales). In addition, he won four times on the Futures Circuit.
In the 2014 final, Christopher Rungkat and Ruben Gonzales of the Philippines defeated Saketh Myneni and Divij Sharan, 4-6, 6-1, [10-5], to take the winner's trophy.
Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Cheng-Peng owns a current ranking of No. 115 after having peaked at No. 100 less than four months ago. He teamed up with compatriot Peng Hsien-Yin to capture four Challenger titles in 2017, winning in Jinan, Busan, Seoul, Quanzhou, and finishing runners-up in Chengdu.
Peng is ranked No. 119 at present and reached a career-best No. 99 back in 2015.
Hsieh and Peng went down against eventual winner Saketh Myneni and Divij Sharan in the semis of last year's Hong Kong Tennis Champions Cup, 6-4, 4-6, [10-8]. Myneni is current at No. 478 after having peaked at No. 113 last April. The Indian also won a silver at the Incheon Asian games in 2014 partnering Sanam Singh.
Myneni is teaming up with Rungkat this time round after Sharan pulled out earlier due to an injury.
However, Hsieh will be pairing with local boy Brian Yeung this weekend, while Peng is playing with teenager, Hsu Yu-Hsiou, who won three of the four Junior Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian, Wimbledon, and US Open.
"It's good to be back after an absence of five years," says Yeung. "It's always a fun event to be a part of, great tennis and great atmosphere. I've seen most of these players in action from traveling on the pro circuit, so it's going to be a lot of fun competing against them."
Yeung and Hsieh had previously collaborated to take the Hong Kong F1 in 2015 and Hong Kong F4 in 2016.
Saturday, 9 December
9:00am Zhang Ze/Gong Mao-Xin (CHN) v Masato Shiga/Kaito Uesugi (JPN)
10:30am Saketh Myneni/Christopher Rungkat (IND/INA) v Kevin Wong/Jack Wong (HKG)
1:15pm Zhang Ze/Gong Mao-Xin (CHN) v Brian Yeung/Hsieh Cheng-Peng (HKG/TPE)
2:30pm Saketh Myneni/Christopher Rungkat (IND/INA) v Peng Hsien-Yin/Hsu Yu-Hsiou (TPE)
4:00pm Brian Yeung/Hsieh Cheng-Peng (HKG/TPE) v Masato Shiga/Kaito Uesugi (JPN)
5:30pm Peng Hsien-Yin/Hsu Yu-Hsiou (TPE) v Kevin Wong/Jack Wong (HKG)
Sunday, 10 December
10:00am Men's Doubles Semi Final: Winner Yellow Group v Runners-up Green Group
11:30am Men's Doubles Semi Final: Winners Green Group v Runners-up Yellow Group
2:00pm Men's Doubles Playoff
3:30pm Men's Doubles Final
5:00pm Prize Presentation & Cocktail
The Hong Kong Tennis Champions Cup 2017
The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club
139 Tai Au Mun Road, Clearwater Bay, N.T., Hong Kong.
For enquiries, please contact Sports & Recreation on 2335 3878.