Coleman Wong garners runner-up finish at Longines Future Tennis Aces 2017


Coleman Wong battled Poland's Martyn Pawelski point for point before he lost a hard-fought final, 4-2, 3-4(3), [6-7], at the Longines Future Tennis Aces 2017 in Paris earlier today.  Despite the setback, he is the first player from Hong Kong to reach the final since the event's inception back in 2010.

 

"Disappointed to lose a close match but I'm very happy to have made it to the final.  My opponent played extremely well today, but overall, it's been a great learning experience for me," said Coleman Wong.

 

"Now it's up to him to push forward from here and improve his all-round game and not be satisfied with this performance," remarked HKTA Performance Coach, Karan Rastogi, who is accompanying the 12-year-old on this trip to the French capital.

 

After the final, both Coleman Wong and Martyn Pawelski got the chance to play a special exhibition match with Longines Ambassador and tennis legend, Andre Agassi, and former ATP No. 2 and patron of the event, Alex Corretja.

 

The two young finalists will also receive an annual bursary from Longines until their respective 16th birthdays to support them in pursuit of their tennis careers.

 

This year, players from twenty countries – Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, China, France, India, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States – took part in the 13 & Under tournament, which was held on red clay courts specially laid out at the iconic Parvis de la Défense.

 

In the group stage, Coleman Wong drawn Nishesh Basavareddy (IND), William Jensen (GBR), Jeremy Jin (AUS), and Nikita Bochkarev (RUS). Although he lost to Basavareddy, he beat Jensen, 3-1, 3-0; Jin, 3-2, 3-1; and Bochkarev, 3-2, 3-2, to progress to the quarterfinals.

 

The Hong Kong native proceeded to beat Udit Gogoi (IND), 2-4, 4-2, [7-1], before registering another tough win in the semifinal against Austria's Paul Werren, 4-3(1), 4-3(0).

 

Earlier in the week, the players were officially presented to the public and press during a lucky draw ceremony, which took place at the Eiffel Tower in the presence of Corretja.

 

Coleman is the current No. 1-ranked player in the 13 & Under age group in Hong Kong. He was also a member of Hong Kong's B14 team that competed at the WJT Asia/Oceania Qualifying event in Bangkok back in April.

 

Last month, he was also one of the four 14 & Under juniors from Hong Kong to qualify for the Road to Wimbledon Finals that will take place at the All England Club in August.

 

 

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