Chaiyaward emerges as singles tennis champion
KUALA LUMPUR: Perlis tennis player, Chaiyaward Pettani redeemed his disappointment after emerging as champion in the 16-year singles category in the first round of the 2019 Youth Tour Circuit at the National Tennis Centre, Jalan Duta, here.
Chaiyaward, who earlier only emerged as runner up in the doubles match, was, however, energetic when he trounced Sabah player Ryan Chee 6-0 and 6-0 yesterday.
‘’I partnered with Ariq Zayhin in the doubles match yesterday, losing to Cornelius Sia-Tan Lin En. So, I endeavour to do better today and I was more focused in the match.
‘’Despite facing Ryan for the first time, I think he is a talented player and can go much further. Maybe, I did better than him today,’’ he told the media after the match.
As the top player for the 16-year category, Chaiyaward also received an incentive from the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) to go to the Australia Open Grand Slam Championship.
The second series of the Junior Tour Circuit would be continued in Negeri Sembilan on Jan 30 until Feb 2.
The Junior Tour Circuit involved eight rounds which would end with the Masters Tennis Championship in November.
The 16-year-old player who is a student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Perlis aspired to participate in many more championships this season to collect International Tennis Federation (ITF) points.
Chaiyaward also endeavoured to advance to the final at the Junior Davis Cup qualification this year. - Bernama
Honorary Treasurer of the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia Kamaruzzaman Kedah (left) and honorary Secretary Dr Mohamad Rahizam Abd Rahim (second right) with the trophy winners in the boys 16-year category during the prize presentation ceremony of the Tennis Malaysia Junior Tour 2019 at the National Tennis Centre yesterday. - Bernama photo