Paul Foster could well be forgiven for wondering what he has to do to win Hong Kong football's Player of the Year award. Despite being the leading goalscorer last season, and the joint top goalscorer so far this year - with 15 goals - the dead-eyed Australian's many talents have so far failed to impress those within his club at Instant-Dict. When the Dickies management was considering which of the club's players deserved to be considered for the award, Foster was once again overlooked. Worse was to follow. When the Ericsson League Players Award nominations were being dished out this week, Foster again failed to earn a place in his club's list of nominees. Instant preferred instead to pick Ian Baird and Yeung Hei-chi in the 'Best Attacker' category. What makes Foster's omission from the list of 'Best Attackers' nominees all the more galling is the inclusion of Yee Hope's Neil Armour, scorer of an amazing five goals this season. Nothing wrong with that, you might say. Except that for three-quarters of the league campaign Armour was playing at centre-half. The absence of Michael Chang was obviously too much to stomach for the collective force of organisers of the Salem Open and the television company broadcasting the ATP tournament. Out of sight was not a case of out of mind as far as Chang - who was beaten in the first round by Germany's Christian Vinck - was concerned. For when Sunday's final between Byron Black and Kenneth Carlsen was interrupted by rain, viewers were forced to watch a replay of an earlier match. No prizes for guessing it was the Chang match. Perhaps it was a first for Hong Kong television - showing a first-round match on finals day. Another first for Hong Kong tennis was the price of the ticket on the final day - $1,200 - which is believed to be one of the most expensive tickets for a tennis tournament anywhere in the world. Even Wimbledon, the grandest event of them all, only sells the privilege to watch the finalists duel it out on Centre Court at GBP65, or around HK$800. A bargain compared to Hong Kong. But the organisers' dream final was washed away, first by Pete Sampras' pull-out and then Chang's knockout. And to cap it all was the dismal weather. Was Canto-pop star Alan Tam trying to send a message out to the Salem Open when he arrived for a celebrity night wearing a T-shirt which proclaimed 'Top 10 Golfers'?