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Taiwanese, French Open champion comes home to a hero's welcome

The 17-year-old Taiwanese tennis player Yang Tsung-hua, center, is seen warmly welcomed by his grandparents and friends at Taoyuan Airport yesterday m...

The 17-year-old Taiwanese tennis player Yang Tsung-hua, center, is seen warmly welcomed by his grandparents and friends at Taoyuan Airport yesterday m...

The 17-year-old Taiwan tennis player Yang Tsung-hua, who made Taiwan and Asian history by winning the junior boys singles title at the French Open Sunday, was warmly welcomed by his relatives and friends at the Taoyuan Airport yesterday morning upon his homecoming to Taiwan.
"I would like to thank my parents' support and my coach's instructions. It was because of them that I was able to win glory for Taiwan," said Yang.
Yang, who beat Poland's 12th seed Jerzy Jankowicz 6-3, 7-6(7/5) to win the title in Paris on Sunday, is the first Taiwanese player to ever win a title in the Grand Slam tennis tournaments.
Yang also made history for Taiwan when he qualified for the finals of the junior boys championship in the Australian Open in Melbourne in January this year.
Yang is also the first Asian player ever to have won a title at in Grand Slam since Leander Paes of India won the junior boys singles title in the U.S. Open in 1991, an official of the Chinese Taipei Tennis Association said in Taipei.
Class hero
Showing his championship silver plate to all his friends and relatives who came to the airport for his homecoming, Yang said yesterday that all the matches he faced in the French Open were tough, but he managed to stay in the games and finally won the championship title.
In a press conference held in Taipei later, the young talent again thanked those who has supported and sponsored him in his tennis career.
He noted that he will continue to prepare for the another important battle, the Wimbledon Championships, and try to do his best in the games in England for to make Taiwan proud.


Updated : 2021-02-27 08:57 GMT+08:00