SCAA Open 2017

 


The tournament's organizer announced details of the SCAA/ACING LEAD Open Tennis Championships 2017 at a press conference earlier in the week.  This year's prize money will total HK$200,000, with HK$30,000 going to the men's singles champion and HK$15,000 for the winner of the men's doubles.

 

The finals will take place at King's Park on October 29.

 

For further information regarding the event, such as entry deadlines, prize money distribution, and entry forms, etc., go to www.scaatennis.org.

 

SCAA Vice Chairman, Victor Hui, said, "The participation of players from around the region will no doubt raise the level of tennis in Hong Kong and encourage more local youngsters to compete.  The Open events will offer a total prize purse of HK$200,000, while the Chairman Cup participants will receive an array of wonderful gifts and coupons.   I believe we will attract many top competitors and the matches this year will be extremely exciting."

 

As in previous years, the tournament will feature nine events, namely men's & ladies' singles and doubles in the Open and Chairman Cup categories, and also mixed doubles.

 

Tournament Director, Dr. David Ho, remarked, "This year, we are honoured to have ACING LEAD (Hong Kong) Limited as our title sponsor and we also want to thank Podium Development Co. Ltd who is the benefactor of the event's prize money.  We are also indebted to Sergio Tacchini and Hong Kong Express for the continued contributions to the championships."

 

Last year, 17-year-old Jack Wong, who had an ATP Ranking of No. 993, beat Karan Rastogi in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, to capture back-to-back men's singles titles.

 

With a career-high ranking of No. 809 at present, the teenager appears to be one of the early favourites for the 2017 title.  However, with fresh college graduates Kevin Wong and Brian Yeung expecting to play full-time on the pro circuit, the two-time defending champion's recent dominance in local competition will be challenged.

 

Nevertheless, Jack Wong is the current holder of all three local majors after he took the SCAA and CRC Opens in 2016 and the Prudential Hong Kong National Tennis Championships earlier this year.

 

Since the advent of the SCAA Open in the early 70s, only five men have managed to win the local Triple Crown: Tau Luu (1976), Colin Grant (1984), Shane Barr (1997), Goran Bosalevski (2007), and Phillip King (2013).

 

On the ladies' side, Maggie Ng defeated Marinel Rudas, 6-2, 6-1, to win her fifth straight ladies' singles crown at King's Park twelve months ago, bettering Ellinore Lightbody's four in a row from 1986-89.

 

Meanwhile, fifteen-year-old Hong Kong Junior Fed Cup player, Cody Wong, who upset No. 2 seed Venise Chan before finishing runner-up to Zhang Ling at the Prudential Hong Kong National Tennis Championships 2017 earlier in April, is certainly capable of upsetting the status quo.

 

Another dark horse to look out for is Venia Yeung, the reigning G18 singles champion of the Nissin Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championships.

 

 

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