Vietnamese Tennis Player Returns To Top 500 In The World

Vietnamese tennis ace Ly Hoang Nam has reappeared in the world’s top 500 of the upcoming Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) men’s singles rankings.
March 04, 2024 | 10:00

This achievement can be attributed to his victory at the M15 Nakhon Si Thammarat Tournament 2024 in Thailand on February 25 when Nam defeated Sander Jong of the Netherlands 2-1 in the men’s singles final, duly becoming the champion of the tournament. The Vietnamese player earned an additional 15 bonus points, lifting his total points to 83.

Through this achievement, he will soon be back among the top 500 in the ATP rankings’ latest update as the current 500th-placed athlete has only 78 points.

Vietnamese Tennis Player Returns To Top 500 In The World
Ly Hoang Nam will soon be back on top 500 among ATP rankings. Photo: SGGP

This comes after Nam previously bowed out of the top 500 as he dropped 93 places to 535th due to his poor performances in five tournaments held throughout October.

However, last November the nation’s top tennis player climbed 14 places to reach 549th position thanks to his good results recorded in recent matches at the ITF World Tennis Tour M25.

Nam's last championship was at the M25 Tay Ninh in October 2022. Following that, he participated in 32 different tournaments, including M15, Challenger, and even prestigious events like the ATP Masters Shanghai 1000, without securing a top position before finally winning at the M15 Nakhon Si Thammarat.

On his 27th birthday, in the final match on Sunday, Nam faced Dutch player Sander Jong, the eighth seed and ranked 50 places below him in the ATP rankings. Jong's strengths are his serves and powerful forehand attacks, contrasting with Nam's resilient and defensive style of play. After losing 6-7 in the first set, Nam impressively returned to win 7-6 and 6-4.

Ly Hoang Nam starts the new year with a tennis victory in India

According to Ly Hoang Nam's early 2024 competition schedule, the top Vietnamese tennis player will have a tour in India, with three consecutive World Tennis Tour M25 tournaments. Following this series, he will return to Vietnam, shifting focus to team training and preparing for the 2024 Davis Cup World Group II play-off matches set to take place in early February.

The ITF M25 Mandya is a tournament that awards ranking points, offering 25 points for the winners. Ly Hoang Nam is competing in both the men's singles and men's doubles events.

In the men's doubles match on January 9, Ly Hoang Nam partnered with South Korean player Jang Yunseok to face the Indian pair Agarwal/Kalyanpur. Despite their recent collaboration, the Vietnamese and South Korean tennis players showcased effective teamwork on the court.

The first set unfolded as a captivating contest, with both pairs engaging in a back-and-forth battle. Initially, Hoang Nam/Jang Yunseok secured a break to take a 2-0 lead. However, the Indian duo not only managed to equalize with a break to make it 2-2 but also secured an additional break to lead 5-3. Nevertheless, Hoang Nam and Jang Yunseok displayed remarkable performance in the decisive phase. They secured two break points, winning four consecutive games to stage a comeback and clinch the set 7-5.

Moving into the second set, Hoang Nam's duo encountered difficulties as the Indian pair secured a break to lead 2-0. However, responding swiftly, Hoang Nam's team regained the break, bringing the score to a balanced 2-2. Following a closely contested battle resulting in a 6-6 tie, Hoang Nam's pair emerged triumphant in the tiebreak, securing a 7-4 victory. This win ultimately led to their overall triumph in the second set with a score of 7-6.

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