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Grand Slam debut for Sabahan Christian

25th November, 2017

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: State teenage tennis sensation, Christian Didier Chin is looking forward to his first ever career Grand Slam tournament as he prepares for the Australian Open Junior Championships, next year.

The 17-year-old Sabahan has confirmed his participation in the Major to be held from January 20 to 27 at the Melbourne Park National Tennis Centre in Australia.

“I am excited with the prospect of competing in my first ever Grand Slam tournament after just missing out on this year’s US Open Junior Championships back in September.

“For now, preparations are going according to plan with more gameplay training as well as improving my fitness level to match some of the top junior players in the world,” he said when contacted, recently.

Christian is currently undergoing training under the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy in Florida, United States before heading to Australia in early January for further training there.

“So far, I will be competing in a couple of mini tournaments in the States until end of December before flying to Melbourne on January 6 for the training camp.

“After the training camp, I will compete in the AGL Loy Yang Traralgon Junior International tournament from January 13 to 18 as my final tune-up tournament before the Major,” he explained.

Christian added that he will do his best and prepare himself, mentally and physically for the Major while flying the Sabah and Malaysia flag high throughout the event.

Meanwhile, Sabah Tennis Association (STA) President, Johnson Koh acknowledged Christian’s enthusiasm and excitement to compete in his first Grand Slam tournament.

“It is going to be a historic moment for the Sabah and Malaysia tennis scene as Christian will compete at such a high level and we hope that he could do his utmost best at the Major.

“The Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) and STA are currently trying to help Christian with funding for his expenses during the Australian Open Junior Championships,” he said.

Johnson also complimented Christian’s father, Christopher Chin for his dedication and hardwork to help his son’s tennis development which now has brought sweet success.

   
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