The Hong Kong Tennis Champions Cup 2016 begins on Saturday


The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club plays host to The Hong Kong Tennis Champions Cup 2016 this upcoming weekend. This year's lineup includes current ATP doubles No. 63 Divij Sharan, No. 136 Peng Hsien-Yin, and No. 204 Jason Jung, to name a few. Round robin matches will begin on Saturday (Dec 10), while the semis and final will take place on Sunday (Dec 11).

Six teams are drawn into the Yellow and Green Groups respectively. The top 2 teams of each group following the round robins will advance to the semifinals, where the first placed side from the Yellow Group will face-off with the second placed team from the Green Group, and vice versa, for a place in the final.

Yellow Group    Green Group
Hsieh Cheng-Peng/Peng Hsien-Yin (TPE)   Divij Sharan/Saketh Myneni (IND)
Jason Jung/John-Paul Fruttero (TPE/USA)     Vishnu Vardhan/Sriram Balaji (IND)
Sho Katayama/Bumpei Sato (JPN)   Lam Ching/Alan Sou (HKG)

 

Note: Included below are 2016 ATP doubles year-end rankings unless stated otherwise

Indian Divij Sharan (No. 63) is the highest ranked player in the field. He peaked two spots higher earlier last month after winning the ATP 250 Los Cabos Open in Mexico, his second career ATP doubles title after his maiden win in Bogota in 2013. He won four Challengers this year and reached the semis three times in ATP 250 events in Atlanta, Newport, and Gstaad.

Saketh Myneni (No. 212) reached four Challenger finals this season, winning in Nanjing for his sixth career title at this level. He is one of India's mainstays in Davis Cup doubles since 2014. He played against Spain in the World Group earlier this year when he teamed up with Leander Paes to take the opening set against Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez before going down, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Sharan and Myneni are no strangers to Clearwater Bay, as the duo is playing here for the third time in as many years. In 2014, they were runners-up to Christopher Rungkat and Ruben Gonzales, losing in the final, 4-6, 6-1, [10-5]. Last year, they finished third after a semifinal loss against the Ratiwatana brothers from Thailand, 4-6, 6-4, [10-5].

Heading the Yellow Group is the Chinese Taipei pairing of Peng Hsien-Yin (No. 136) and Hsieh Cheng-Peng (No. 142), the second and third highest ranked player in the field.

Peng reached a pair of Challenger finals in Europe this year, winning in Poznan, in addition to a couple of Futures wins on the Mainland.

Hsieh is a two-time finalist of the Hong Kong Tennis Champions Cup, winning in 2011 with compatriot Lee Hsin-Han. The 25-year-old reached five Challenger finals this season, winning in Shanghai, Gimcheon, and Taipei.

Also competing is American-born Taiwanese 莊吉生 Jason Jung (No. 204), who claimed Challengers in Maui and Bangkok this year. He also collaborated with John-Paul Fruttero (No. 465) to win the Canadian F4 Futures.

Fruttero has won six Challenger and ten Futures titles since turning pro in 2003, and peaked at No. 83 four years ago.

Jung won his career-first Challenger singles title in Chengdu back in August and he has a current ATP singles ranking of No. 154.

Other players who hold an ATP singles ranking at present include Saketh Myneni (No. 194), Sriram Balaji (No. 411), Vishnu Vardhan (No. 429), Sho Katayama (No. 677).

Teenagers Lam Ching and Alan Sou, who took the men's doubles title earlier this April at the Prudential Hong Kong National Tennis Championships, are the local representatives in this year's field.

Twelve months ago, the British-Aussie duo of Chris Eaton and John Peers beat Thailand's Sanchai and Sonchat Raiwatana, 6-1, 7-6, to win the Hong Kong Tennis Champions Cup 2015.

This event's Honour Roll dates to 2003 when Benny Lin and Stephen So won the inaugural title when it was still known as the Clearwater Bay Indoor Doubles Classic before a name change in 2007.

Stephen So, who is the club's long-time Tennis Director, remarked, "The tournament was a great success then and we believe it complements the other major local tennis events in Hong Kong, especially with the club's uniqueness – indoors, being in the setting of the New Territories as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the city, and it being the only professional invitational tournament."

"Also, we wanted to create value entertainment and interest in tennis for our club members, as well as to the public," he added.

To see the profiles for all the players and the Order of Play, go to www.cwbgolf.org/events/HKTCC2016.aspx

Prize Money Distribution   (HKD Per Player)
Champion        40,000
Runner-up        25,000
Third Place        20,000
Fourth Place        15,000
Round Robin        10,000

 

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