BISP RPT Tennis Academy student Kevin recently took part in his first international tournament, the Asian Tennis Federation International Tournament, Circuit 1 in Hua Hin, with players from 17 different nations.
The format was classical tie-break 3-setter (with advantage) and Kevin’s first match in round 2 of the main draw lasted 2 hours 48 min (a first for Kevin) against the tournament’s seed 4 from Hong Kong.
After bagging a set each, 3rd set saw Kevin come back from down 0-3 games to win 7-5. His quarterfinal, the next day, was against seed 7 from Singapore and was a win in straight sets for Kevin (6-3 6-2).
Same day’s afternoon doubles (quarter finals), with Kevin teaming up with a national-junior-team player from Malaysia, saw a very close match against players from Hong Kong, who in the end bagged the win, 2-6 6-4 10-6.
The semifinals saw Kevin competing against seed 1 from Kazakstan. In the first game, Kevin pulled a muscle in his right arm, and the seed 1 prevailed 6-1, 6-2 in what otherwise might have been a close match.
“Kevin has made great progress in the last couple of months, and the hard work is really beginning to pay off,” said BISP RPT Tennis Academy Head Coach Lee Austrin.
Kevin was very happy with the tournament, which saw him on the acceptance list’s qualification draw as player number 15, and where he in the end, in the main draw, came fourth.