Positive attitude key to success

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 September, 2005, 12:00am

Name: Ronald Chow Chun-chiu

Age: 18

Sport: tennis

School: Diocesan Boys' School

Achievements: Ronald is currently the number three 18-and-under player in Hong Kong, and ranked 186 in the world junior rankings.

He joined the Hong Kong Elite Tennis Squad last November, and has since won singles titles at the Chinese Taipei International Junior Championship and the Taiwan 2005 Mercedes Cup, both Grade 4 events on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) calendar.

He was a doubles finalist at the Thailand International Junior Championship, the ITF Brunei Junior Circuit (G3), the ITF Malaysian International Junior Championship (G3), and the ITF China Junior Tennis Tournament II (G5) in Huzhou .

Soundbite: 'I usually watch my opponent play before my match. I'll try to assess his weaknesses and focus on my strategy. If it is a first-round match, I'll go to the internet to search for his recent results, and ask my coaches for their opinion.

'When the match starts, the only thing in my mind is to play smart, be patient, wait for the chances, focus more, and most important, to give 110 per cent effort.'

From his coach (Stan Tamura): 'Ronald's game has really matured in the past months with some good results for him. He now realises that having a 'positive and fight-harder attitude' can bring victory in matches that he would have lost earlier. This has produced a much more confident person and one who enjoys the competition. His fitness is improving with the daily routines he does.'

Ambitions: To improve discipline and to be more committed to the elite tennis programme, in order to win more tournaments and boost his world junior ranking.