Taiwanese Wimbledon boy’s champion to turn pro next year

Tseng Chun Hsin of Taiwan kisses the trophy after defeating Jack Draper of Britain in the boys' singles final at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

London, July 15 (CNA) Young Taiwanese tennis player Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) is planning to turn professional after winning the boy’s singles title at the French Open last month and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships Sunday.

After being defeated in the final of the Australian Open in January, Tseng has now won two Grand Slam titles in a row and will play at the U.S. Open next month and the Youth Olympic Games, slated for October in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 16-year-old told the press after beating Jack Draper of the United Kingdom in the Wimbledon boy’s final.

He also plans to join the professional tour next year, Tseng said. His father Tseng Yu-te (曾育德), who is also his coach, said the victory at Wimbledon was just the beginning as they look to the future.

Speaking about his two-hour victory over Draper 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 ,earlier in the day, Tseng Chun-hsin said he found it easier in the first set but started to feel the pressure after failing to break serve in the second set. After losing the second set, Tseng managed to improve his level of concentration in the third set.

The young Taiwanese player’s Wimbledon victory comes exactly 20 years after Swiss star Roger Federer won the Wimbledon’s boy’s singles and doubles titles in 1998. Tseng was born on Aug. 8, the same day as Federer.

“I am grateful my parents gave me such an auspicious birth date,” Tseng said.