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unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am

Name Teddy Fung Tsz-sum
School Pui Ching Middle School
Grade Form Five
Sport Tennis and volleyball

Achievements

Teddy, 17, won a silver medal in the men's singles, and a team bronze with Kwun Tong in the tennis event at the third Hong Kong Games last year.

He got to the last 32 at last year's Hong Kong Open Junior Championships, which is an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade Four tournament. He ended that year 17th in Hong Kong's junior boys' under-18 singles rankings - 45 places higher than his 2010 ranking.

He is captain of his Ho Man Tin school's tennis team. In the 2009-10 Inter-school (Division Two) Tournament, he led them to the title, which secured their promotion to Division One the following school year. They were relegated to Division Two this school year after finishing fourth.

Teddy also plays libero for his school's volleyball team. They came fifth in this school year's Inter-school (Division One) Tournament. They reached the last 16 at this school year's All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Tournament.

Soundbite

'I first played tennis for Kwun Tong District in the second Hong Kong Games in 2009,' says Teddy. 'That year I believe the average age of our players was over 40. I was under huge pressure. The adults expected me - the only teenager in the team - to do well, and run the fastest and have lots of stamina. But we did badly.

'In 2011, I joined three friends - Michael Kwong, Eric Lam Chung-yin and Joey Lo - to form a team for Kwun Tong District. We won the bronze medal. I also won the silver medal in the men's singles.

'My individual men's singles success boosted my confidence. Before, tennis for me was just a leisure activity. For the first time, it made me want to aim higher and have a clear goal. My coach has helped improve my serve, forehand and backhand.'

From his coach

'Teddy has made huge improvements over the years,' tennis coach Don Yu Kwok-ming says. 'His current ranking doesn't reflect his real level. He has the potential to be a top-10 junior.'

Ambitions

'Since my doubles partner Michael Kwong left Hong Kong to study abroad, I'm playing more singles to keep up my ranking,' Teddy says. 'I hope to get near the top-10 junior rankings this year, break into the top 10 next year, and play a few ITF tournaments overseas, too.'

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