Norm Christ arrived in Hong Kong last Friday for the Salem Open '96 at Victoria Park. This is his second visit to Hong Kong after The Challenge in 1994. A professional umpire for more than 25 years, Mr Christ, 49, will travel from the territory to Tokyo and then South Korea for other tournaments, before returning to his hometown in Arizona. What's on your mind? Well, we're thinking about rain. We have a lot of matches to get done today. So when I got up, I looked around and said: 'Oh, this is not good!' and so we came out hoping that we would dry the courts and get to play . . . but right now, we're thinking 'Gee, will we finish today? What time will we get home?' What are you going to do about it? There's not much we can do. Most of time when we go to a tournament and it's raining. We sit around and play cards during the day and wait for it to dry. We can't really go home or leave the site because we'd never know when it's going to stop raining and how soon we'll be able to play. What are you going to do tomorrow? Tomorrow, we'll have a very full day here and so we'll get here very early and play until very late. I guess we will try and make up any matches that we don't get in. And because this week went into Davis Cup, many of the players could not get here until late. So many of the matches that would have been played beforehand will now have to be played today. So we'll have a lot of matches and I will be working hard. Are you enjoying your stay in Hong Kong? Oh yes, I enjoy Hong Kong. Shopping is great and the people are nice. I spent all my spare time shopping. And I call my girlfriend once a week when I'm on the tour. She's at home taking care of the animals. We have a 180lb Great Dane dog and a pot-bellied pig.