Top locals to fight it out at Masters

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am

In a bid to promote the game and to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club is staging the Hong Kong Tennis Masters Cup next month, with HK$250,000 up for grabs. Organisers are hoping it can put the spotlight back on the game in Hong Kong.

'We really wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary and to try to put something back into Hong Kong tennis. We've put a lot of work into it and I think our efforts have been rewarded,' Country Club administrator Chris Cheung said.

'After getting our sponsors in place, we laid out the format of the tournament which will consist of three categories; men's singles, men's doubles and a parent-and-child doubles charity event, with the HK$2,000 entry fee from each pair in the parent-and-child doubles competition going to the Hong Kong Tennis Association for junior development.

'The tournament will take place over the weekends of January 13-14 and January 20-21 next year at the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. Normally we just play the men's doubles classic at this time of the season but we wanted to do more in this our anniversary year. It's a brand new event and one we intend to hold annually from this year on,' Cheung said.

The Masters Cup men's singles will consist of the winners of the three 'grand slam' tournaments - 2006 Hong Kong National champion Andrew Town, 2006 SCAA Open champion Wayne Wong and 2006 CRC Open champion Yu Hiu-tung - and the top three players in the December 2006 HKTA Open ranking system, plus two wildcards.

One wildcard has already been selected and that is Hu Bing, a former China national player.

The men's doubles will be by invitation only, with the 16 top players involved, including defending men's doubles classic champions Jamie Holmes and Jason Lijewski, former Hong Kong number one doubles player Stephen So and Hong Kong national coach Benny Lin.