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IN THE NEWS: BOCHKTO Drives Success For Hong Kong


IN THE NEWS: BOCHKTO Drives Success For Hong Kong

Here is an English translation of the Chinese article published on SINA SPORTS. Click to read the Chinese article.

Beijing time, 18th January – The 2024 Australian Open is heating up, and players Andrey Rublev and Shang Juncheng, who both competed at the Bank of China Hong Kong Tennis Open – with Rublev as the champion and Shang reaching the semi-finals – are making steady progress in Melbourne. This showcases the effectiveness of the Hong Kong tournament as a warm-up event and also speaks volumes about the success of its organisation.

During the reporting period, the commitment of the organizing committee and the outstanding tennis atmosphere in Hong Kong were palpable. In light of this, we took the opportunity to interview Mr. Michael Cheng, the new President of the Hong Kong, China Tennis Association (HKCTA), on 7 January 2024 at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of the Hong Kong Tennis Open.

Our editorial team has witnessed the dedication of the Hong Kong event organisers and the dynamic local tennis scene. In pursuit of a deeper understanding, we spoke with Michael Cheng, the new President of the Hong Kong, China Tennis Association, about the Hong Kong Tennis Open’s influence and aspirations.

Post-finals, amidst the buzz of fans clamouring for a moment with champion Andrey Rublev, Cheng shared his thoughts with us. “The tournament’s success exceeded our expectations,” he remarked, proudly referring to Hong Kong’s triumph in hosting its first ATP event in over two decades, evidenced by sell-out crowds during the thrilling weekend matches. Cheng emphasised the significance of the tournament for local talent, offering them a rare chance to observe and learn from the sport’s best.

The seamless execution of the event didn’t go unnoticed, with ATP officials and athletes commending the organisation. Cheng’s vision includes fostering local prospects like Coleman Wong, Eudice Chong, and young talent Richie Choi, by enhancing their elite training programmes. “Our goal is to host more premier events, allowing our players to compete and gain international experience right here in Hong Kong,” Cheng stated.

With eyes set on the 2025 National Games of China held at Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay, Cheng is optimistic about Hong Kong’s tennis prospects. After a close miss at the last National Games, the ambition for next year is set high, with aspirations for medals and showcasing the players’ determination and refined skills.

Hong Kong’s hosting of both WTA and ATP events is a badge of honor, placing it alongside Beijing and Tokyo in a prestigious league. Cheng is confident these events elevate not just the sport, but also Hong Kong’s global image as a leading centre for premier events, reinforcing its standing as a world-class, multifaceted metropolis.