Tennis stars team up for life

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 December, 2003, 12:00am

It was game, set and match for tennis hero John Hui Kin-yip and his long-time sweetheart, Jacklyn Fu Yun-ming, after the couple tied the knot yesterday. Former Hong Kong number one Hui and one-time local champion Fu finally exchanged vows at the Grand Hyatt Hotel - almost 15 years after they first laid eyes on each other as budding juniors training at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

'We first met when we were 12 and we started dating when we were around 15,' recalls 26-year-old Hui. 'It took us so long to get married because Jacklyn was studying at Yale University on the East Coast and I was at Pepperdine on the West Coast. We were apart for some time and it was not the appropriate time to get married then. But I am happy to say that we are finally together in Hong Kong.'

Hui, who decided to shelve his tennis career after Hong Kong lost to Taiwan in a Davis Cup match in September in Kaohsiung, is now helping his father run his real estate and investment businesses. Since graduating from Yale with a degree in psychology, Fu has taken up a career as an English teacher. Hui and Fu have played mixed doubles together many times, and their appearances include the University Games in Sicily, Italy, in 1997.

Fu, 25, has also represented Hong Kong at the Federation Cup and her other accomplishments on court include winning the singles title at the South China Athletic Association (SCAA) Open in 1999.