By Joon Kim
Taipei－At a finely tuned classroom-turned-conference room at the Taipei City Tennis Center, Tseng Chun-hsin（曾俊欣）, 16, who became the junior boys’ singles champ at Wimbledon last Sunday, came out in his trademark all-white outfit and, in front of him, a cup he had lifted after his victory.
Tseng sat alongside with his father and personal coach, Tseng Yu-de（曾育德）, and the Managing Director of Tennis Association, Liao Yu-hui（廖裕輝）, spoke reflectively about his experiences outside Taiwan.
Speaking of the tournament, in his third bout with Great Britain’s Jack Draper in the boys’ singles final, Tseng felt that he was “miraculously saved.” He was, unware, slowly losing his power, but a “natural force” came into action, and after regaining his conscience, had contributed to a last-minute success.
Tseng also thanks to his long-time sponsor in the press conference. “I was very happy for this opportunity, to benefit from going overseas and back to Taiwan,” Tseng said. “For the last four years, Formosa Plastics Corps（台塑集團） has kept sponsoring me, which has helped me able to be exposed and adapt to foreign environments and tournaments.”
In 2015, Formosa Plastics invested in a project to cultivate a “future star” in tennis, and has found Tseng 4 million NTD every year since then. However, as Tseng is planning to turn pro next year, his family has difficulties to search for sufficient financial aid to provide a full staff, including private coaches, fitness trainers, and guardians. He recently secured lessons from a “top level” German coach, in part of plans “to combine a group” that could support him.
In a private interview with The China Post, Tseng told us that his childhood was strictly based on his father’s diet and fitness plans. While drinking milk every day to lengthen his height to that of Western professional tennis players, Tseng follows a firm daily workout schedule. “Normally, I have four hours of tennis training, and one hour of fitness, running, and then a one-hour spurt, from Monday to Saturday.”
“I am not allowed to eat any ice-cream or chocolate.” He said.
“So you never try those delicious desserts?”
“I had them soon after I won the boys’ title at the French Open.” He said, with a big happy smile, like a 16 year-old boy.
Tseng is preparing for U.S. Open after spending a two-week break in Taiwan. He has won two grand slams this year, with the French Open in June and Wimbledon this July. With heads up high, Tseng declared himself an ambitious goal after he is eligible to turn pro next year. “I like to challenge things that others can’t do,” he said. “The goal is, of course, the world ball king.”