The Liverpool International has featured many Wimbledon winners. It has hosted several French Open champions. And World number ones? Liverpool has played host to plenty in its 17 years of top tennis exposure.
But this summer the 18th Williams BMW Liverpool International Tennis tournament will feature a young man who can boast all three – at the same time.
Seventeeen-year-old Taiwanese sensation Tseng-Chun Hsin – known as Jason – is the number one ranked junior tennis player in the world.
He is the reigning Wimbledon and French Open junior champion, and came close to adding the Australian Open too, losing in the 2018 final.
He only turned professional in January and is currently listed 427 in the senior rankings. He is sure to soar much, much higher.
The Taiwanese teenager shares a birthday with Roger Federer (August 8) and has the shots, the tenacity and the baseline power to rise quickly up the rankings.
At five-feet-eight inches tall and weighing 136 pounds he will be hoping he is still growing.
“He’s tiny for the moment, but he’s going to be strong because he is an incredibly hard worker. You don’t need to be big to be successful. Look at Novak Djokovic, he’s the best mover on tour and he’s very light.
— Patrick Mouratoglou, coach and head of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France, where Tseng has trained since he was 13
Mention of Djokovic is appropriate – because Jason’s profile perfectly fits the Liverpool International model of targeting up and coming players before they become global superstars.
A young Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka all played at the Liverpool International before going on to become world number ones.
“We have quite a knack of identifying young players with the ability to become world-beaters and inviting them to compete in Liverpool. In previous years tennis fans have taken home fantastic memories of witnessing world-class players just before they explode. I firmly believe Jason can be the next one of these breakout stars.
— Anders Borg (Tournament organiser) who has similar hopes for ‘Jason.’
Fans will see what I mean for themselves when they come to the tournament, which begins on Thursday, June 20 and runs until Sunday, June 23. Very soon everyone will be talking about Jason and this is your opportunity to say you were there when he made the transition from junior star to the senior ranks.
Also in action this year at Liverpool Cricket Club is magical ‘Court Jester’ Mansour Bahrami, defending champions Alessandro Giannessi and Corinne Dentoni, British women’s star Naomi Broady and Mossley Hill doubles stars Ken and Neal Skupski.
Also added to the women’s tournament is Estonia’s four times WTA Singles Tour winner Kaia Kanepi.
American favourite Robert Kendrick, a regular visitor to Liverpool, is also scheduled to return.