We are saddened by the passing away of Kenneth Ng, a loyal and long-time devotee to Hong Kong tennis and the HKTA. He poured his energy and passion into the development of tennis in Hong Kong and will truly be missed by all of us.
He had been an HKTA Council Member from 1973-2004. His Committee work was manifold, ranging from Tournament, Ranking, Annual Ball & Fundraising to Publicity and League Management, where he was Chairperson for a number of years. Kenneth was instrumental in the early expansion of the Umpires & Linesmen Section, attracting new recruits, and generating substantial outside interests that led to an increase in the number of officials offering their services to HKTA.
His involvement in Coaching & Training throughout the 1970s influenced the subsequent landscape of junior tennis. In particular, he pushed for the establishment of an elite training squad comprising the best players from each respective age group and arranged Peter Burwash International to conduct clinics for local coaches as the first step to provide a base for an overall tennis development programme in Hong Kong.
Kenneth often took players on overseas excursions, such as Summer Tours in China, as well as captaining junior squads in international team events. In 2001, for instance, he led the under-14 boys’ contingent to a top 3 finish in Asia to qualify for the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals held in Prostejov, Czech Republic. That turned out to be the last time a boys’ team from Hong Kong succeeded in world qualification in this competition. In 2002, Kenneth also had the privilege to captain the Hong Kong Fed Cup team at the Group I Asia/Oceania event in Guangzhou.
He served as Honorary Secretary of the HKTA from 2002-2004. During this time, he was still very much part of tennis development, making his presence felt in Education and Qualifications, League Management, and Coaches Development.
His three sons Kelvin, Kester, and Ray were all past Hong Kong Junior Champions and all attained top 30 world junior rankings. Kelvin, in particular, managed to reach a top 10 ranking at his peak and is considered as one of the best homegrown players of all time while Kester was also Asian Champion as well as Wimbledon Semi Finalist in Junior doubles.