Chris­tian’s am­bi­tion may be iced by lack of funds

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CHRIS­TIAN Di­dier Chin wants to put Malaysia on the ten­nis map but his am­bi­tion to be a top player could be halted due to lack of funds.

The 17-year-old will be­come the first Malaysian to break into the top 200 on the lat­est ITF boys’ sin­gles rank­ing list in re­cent times fol­low­ing his win in the Kuala Lumpur Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship (Grade Five) yes­ter­day.

Top seed Chris­tian, who is of Malaysian-Tai­wanese parent­age, de­feated sixth seed Dev Javia 6-1, 6-4 in the fi­nal at DBKL Cen­tre in Ti­ti­wangsa.

On Fri­day, Chris­tian and part­ner Takeshi Koey were edged by Ali Mooraj of Pak­istan and Karan Sri­vas­tava of In­dia 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the dou­bles fi­nal.

A prod­uct of the Na­tional Ten­nis Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Chris­tian, who is of Tai­wanese-Malaysian parent­age, is one of the ris­ing stars in the lo­cal fra­ter­nity and he is ex­pected to make his Sea Games de­but in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 19-31.

The Sabah-born Chris­tian, who lost in the first round of qual­i­fiers in the Aus­tralian Ju­niors in Jan­uary, is cur­rently funded by his fa­ther for tour­na­ments.

“My dad funds me but I am cur­rently look­ing for spon­sor­ship as my as­so­ci­a­tion (Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia) does not have enough money. It is pretty tough for me,” said Chris­tian yes­ter­day.

“I will break into the top 200 for the first time in the next rank­ing list and I hope peo­ple will start tak­ing no­tice of my abil­i­ties.

Ten­nis is tough and I need funds to pro­ceed to the next level.”

The win yes­ter­day was his first ca­reer suc­cess in sin­gles on the ITF Ju­nior Cir­cuit.

“I came into the tour­na­ment very de­ter­mined fol­low­ing the heart break­ing de­feat in the Chief Min­is­ter’s Cup in Kuch­ing ear­lier this month, where I held five match points and still lost my sec­ond round match to 77thranked Yin Bang Shuo.

“I was ner­vous in this event but I grew in con­fi­dence after each match. Although, it is only a Grade Five event, I am so happy to win after sev­eral pre­vi­ous failed at­tempts in the cir­cuit,” he said.

Chris­tian will play in Tai­wan next, fol­lowed by Italy and he hopes to make the qual­i­fy­ing round of the French Ju­niors in May. He is also plan­ning to play in the ITF Men’s Fu­tures later this year.

“My tar­get is to break into the top 100 by the end of the sea­son. It is im­por­tant as I will get di­rect en­try into the tour­na­ment proper of Ju­nior Grand Slams,” Chris­tian added.

In the girls’ sin­gles, Sara Na­yar was Malaysia’s best per­former in the tour­na­ment yes­ter­day. The sec­ond seed ex­ited in the semi­fi­nals. Ajit­pal Singh

Con­tes­tants and of­fi­cials at the con­clu­sion of the 1st KL ITF In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

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