Flashback to 34 years ago and a skinny bespectacled youngster with a stylish backhand wins the Asian junior doubles title with teammate Winston Wai Jnr in Kuala Lumpur. Fast forward to today and Kenneth Tsui Kam-cheung is on top of the world again, this time winning the Hong Kong Tennis Association (HKTA) presidential elections by a landslide, beating hot favourite Herman Hu 53 votes to 39. One might not think there is any connection between his junior doubles win almost four decades ago and his election victory, but there is. Tsui's victory in 1967 made Hong Kong recognise the need for tennis development. Somehow history has repeated itself, going full circle with Tsui back in the limelight again, promising to lift Hong Kong tennis with the same enthusiasm he displayed in landing Hong Kong its first major international win all those years ago. It has certainly been a 'great week' for Tsui, who comes from a tennis family that really needs no introduction in Hong Kong. The 52-year-old major shareholder and chief executive officer of a consumer finance company succeeded long-serving HKTA president Dr Philip Kwok. Days after his epic win, Hong Kong's Melvin Tong and John Hui reached the final of the doubles at the Asian Championships at Victoria Park. The fuss that surrounded the HKTA annual general meeting - Hu was widely tipped to succeed Kwok as a long-serving honorary secretary and son of former HKTA president F. K. Hu - proved unfounded as Tsui began his two-year tenure in the hot seat. 'I don't really think it was such a surprise because I have been vice-president since 1999. I always had extremely strong support from the clubs. It wasn't really an upset. I was voted president and I have been associated with Hong Kong tennis for a long time,' said Tsui, a former schoolboy singles champion who also represented Hong Kong in Davis Cup competition. 'I have made lots of contributions to Hong Kong just as Herman Hu has. I am extremely pleased to have been voted president. For years I have been associated with tennis and now I am at the helm of the association. I certainly have a few ideas I hope can contribute to Hong Kong tennis.' Tsui's tennis roots make interesting reading. His father, Tsui Wai-pui, represented China in the Davis Cup. His father and uncle, Tsui Yun-pui, won the All-China Games gold medal in doubles in 1948 - three generations before Tong and Hui won bronze in Guangzhou in the same competition. Tsui's elder sister, Tsui Yuen Yuen, won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta in 1962 and was Hong Kong's leading women's singles player. Recently, Yuen Yuen won the 40-years and over doubles title at the Chinese Recreation Club Championships (CRC). Yuen Yuen's son, Derek Ling, is the current Hong Kong Davis Cup captain. If there was one Hong Kong family that really had a long history of the sport here, you can't go past the Tsuis. 'My association with Hong Kong tennis spans three generations. I won the CRC under-18 schoolboys title when I was 13 and I won it for five straight years,' said Tsui proudly. 'But the Asian junior doubles title with Winston Wai was really my best achievement.' During a time when Hong Kong searched high and low for local sporting heroes and when Hong Kong produced little on the international arena, Tsui's Asian doubles victory presented a huge filip for Hong Kong's victory-starved sports. 'They gave my school at St Paul's College a holiday when they knew we had won the Asian junior championship. It was that big during those days because it was the first time we won anything in tennis internationally. 'Up until 1968 there had been no local tennis programme. There had been no proper tennis training, no proper training facilities, no squad and no coach. Once we won the Asian junior title, all that changed. Our doubles win sparked a lot of interest in tennis development. It was the beginning that led the whole thing,' said Tsui. The 'whole thing' was a revolution in Hong Kong tennis that saw the SAR match some of the leading Asian nations in sports development. Through that early doubles success, Hong Kong eventually returned to the fold in Davis Cup, proper squad training was introduced, foreign coaches were hired and generally Hong Kong enjoyed considerable success both on and off the court. Tong and Hui's success at Victoria Park this week is testament to those early years of struggle when tennis here was no more than a recreational sport. 'I learned tennis from my father at the age of eight. My sister was the number one female tennis player for a long time. My father had focused on her before I began playing,' said Tsui, who was recently the 45 and over runner-up in doubles at the CRC Championship. Tsui's achievements on the court are second to none in Hong Kong. He served Hong Kong faithfully in Davis Cup from 1970 to 1973 and has won numerous accolades since competing as a schoolboy in 1963, in both singles and doubles. Tsui has dedicated much of his life to Hong Kong tennis development. He sits on the HKTA coaches development committee and the HKTA junior team tennis sub-committee. He even has a Pro-1 United States Professional Tennis Association coaching qualification which will come in handy as he lends his expertise to the less experienced coaches. Now that he has become HKTA president, the still bespectacled Tsui is wasting no time in trying to fulfil his goals and aspirations. He wants to improve the junior development by providing a 'better crop' of coaches whereby coaches are required to pass 'stricter' tests. He wants to promote local tennis other than for the purpose of playing excellence. He wants to see tennis become part of the growing process where players are taught to deal with wins and defeats properly; how players should cope with pressure and how important it is respecting their opponents, while cultivating team spirit. He wants Hong Kong to return to the basics. But his pet project - and this is a big one - is already in the pipeline and he is confident the Government will finally give the green light: He wants to build a state-of-the-art Hong Kong Tennis Centre. Already Ho Man Tin, or more precisely the Ho Man Tin West Fresh Water Service Reservoir, has been earmarked for the centre and once approved will take between 12 and 18 months to build at a cost of around HK$10 million. The blue print says the site would be able to accommodate up to 11 floodlit courts and several mini-tennis courts with practice walls. 'Already we have started a fund-raising exercise and we are approaching several charitable organisations such as the Hong Kong Jockey Club. We intend to build it,' said Tsui. Like that hot October afternoon in Kuala Lumpur when Tsui and Wai came up trumps against a fancied Indian pair in a victory that finally put Hong Kong on the international map, Tsui intends to complete his job and fulfil his dream. Looking back at his long and very distinguished history, few people doubt he won't succeed.