TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwanese boy Hsu Yu-hsiou (許育修) won his second Grand Slam junior title after sealing victory at Wimbledon 2017 boys’ doubles final on Sunday.
Hsu and his Argentine teammate Axel Getter defeated Jurij Rodionov and Michael Vrbensky in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 in just a little over one hour.
The 18-year-old said he felt very excited the moment he saw the ball of the match’s last serve went out of bounds. When asked how he felt about the victory, he said he was happy and felt relieved as he now could stop thinking about the game all the time. He added that he would continue to try hard and hoped he could adjust to the professional stage soon.
Hsu’s first junior title came at this year's Australia Open, when he won the boys’ doubles title with a Chinese teammate.
The young Taiwanese player was seeded fourth in this year’s Wimbledon boys’ singles draw, but he lost to American Sam Riffice in the first round, 4-6, 5-7.
(photo courtesy of Taiwan YONEX)
Hsu said he stumbled into tennis, instead of other more popular sports in Taiwan, such as baseball and basketball, because of his grandmother, who happened to be a tennis player. As a student, Hsu was not good in terms of academic performance, so his mother decided to let him get involved with a sport to help him get a better level of education.
Hsu said he used to accompany his grandmother to her tennis court when he was a small boy. He added that he would throw tennis balls in the air and tried to swing at them with a racket that was a little too heavy for him, and his interest in tennis was spawned from the countless times of swinging.