A Taiwanese boy is taking the tennis world by storm. He is Tseng Chun-Hsin, nicknamed the “Taiwan Night Market Champion” because his parents do business in a night market. In June, Tseng won the boys’ singles title in the 2018 French Open. Then on July 15, Tseng won the juniors singles title at Wimbledon. Altogether, he won 12 consecutive games. Winning these two back-to-back Grand Slam titles has set a record in Taiwanese tennis history.
Tseng Chun-Hsin may become a men’s singles champion of grand slam tennis tournaments. Many journalists are optimistic about Tseng’s future in the professional tennis arena. Apple Daily reported that Tseng is the first Taiwanese to win a Wimbledon boys’ singles title. He is also the second teenager to win titles at the French Open and Wimbledon in the same calendar year. The first player to achieve this was Gaël Sébastien Monfils, a French professional tennis player, in 2004.
The official Wimbledon website wrote: “Tseng is a potential future champion of Grand Slam tournaments. People should remember the name, Chun Hsin Tseng.” George Bellshaw of Metro UK wrote: “Tseng may become one of the great tennis players in history.”
After the Wimbledon victory, Tseng lay joyfully on the grass court for a while, then he embraced his family and friends. After the award ceremony was held, Tseng lifted the championship trophy in the air before thousands of audience members. Tseng’s mother said: “Keep marching into the future.”
When the news of his victory reached Taiwan, Mrs. Tseng, who sells candied hawthorn fruits in a night market, said: “I’m really, really happy!” Mrs. Tseng commented that her son had some flaws at the Wimbledon final, but his overall performance was satisfactory. She said her son was “a tough and persistent boy,” and she hoped that “he can keep healthy and rise upward to overcome even more challenges in the future.”
Tseng Chun-Hsin wins the #Wimbledon boys' final in an awesome, roller coaster final, beating Brit Jack Draper 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4.
Tseng has had an amazing year: won the French Open, and was runner-up in Melbourne.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 15, 2018
Tseng’s outstanding achievements have gained people’s attention. He is now ranked No. 1 in the world in the Boys’ Singles division. He’ll be 17 years old in August, yet is already regarded by many as the new hope of tennis in Asia.
Translated by Jean Chen and edited by Derek Padula