Jack Wong sets all time record at CRC Open 2015 as he triumphs in 5 events

The conclusion of the 2015 CRC open saw Jack Wong producing an all time record of triumphing in 5 events. The final day capped a memorable season for Jack, as he was named the youngest men’s open singles champion at 17 years and 3 months old.

Earlier in October, Jack completed a hat trick of titles at the SCAA Open Tennis Championships 2015. Jack extended his winning momentum at the 2015 CRC Open and once again proved himself as the best tennis player in Hong Kong. Jack’s road to triumph started with the dominance in the Schoolboy's events, where he was the top seed and defending champion. He cruised through the draw to win the singles titles by defeating Junior Davis Cup representative Lam Ching 6-4 7-6 (7-5) before teaming up with partner Jackie Tang to seal the doubles title by winning 6-4 6-2 over Lam Ching and Alan Sou. This is Jack’s second Schoolboy's singles title and third Schoolboy's doubles title.

However, it was the Men's Open Singles where Jack etched his name into the history book. Jack, 17, who has claimed one singles title and two doubles title in the ITF junior circuit earlier this year, dismissed 2014 Asian Games mixed doubles silver medalist Pang Hsien Yin of Taiwan 6-3 6-3 in the semi-final. He then outlasted Phillip King, the 33 year old former top 300 ATP ranked player in the final in less than two hours. The aggressive playing style of Jack was proven to be the decisive factor in the final, as Phillip was being moved around the court and produced lots of errors. Jack became the youngest player to capture the CRC title, breaking the record from Yu Hiu Tung, who claimed his maiden CRC Open singles title in 2001, also as a 17 year old.

Before winning the singles title, Jack paired up with Philip King to clinch the Men's Open doubles title as well. After enduring a series of easy victories on their path through the draw, the final was a close victory for Jack and Phillip. The player and coach pair faced Taiwanese duo Jeremy Lin and Peng Hsien Yin in the final.  Both sides produced a fast-paced game but it was Jack and Phillip who held their nerves to win the title by 6-4 7-6 (7-4). It is the pair's first joint title at the CRC Open. Jack then completed the all time record by winning the mixed doubles event with Fed Cup representative Jennifer Sher. They defeated Phillip King and Maggie Ng 6-2 7-6 (7-1) in the final to win their second local major title, after winning the SCAA Open Mixed doubles champion earlier in October.

 

Written by Raymond Lui

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