Ly Hoang Nam knocked out of Challenger Yokkaichi in Japan

VOV.VN - The nation’s leading male tennis player Ly Hoang Nam suffered defeat in the men’s singles Round 2 of the ongoing Challenger Yokkaichi in Japan on November 24.

The No.1 Vietnamese player, ranked as world No.236, was defeated 6-2 and 6-3 by Sho Shimabukuro, world No.284, from the host country in the second round.

Following this result, Nam only accumulated an additional seven points, thereby lifting his total to 240. Currently, the Vietnamese ace is ranked 229th in the ATP rankings.

Challenger Yokkaichi marked Nam's last international tournament of the year, meaning that he no longer has the opportunity to improve his ATP points.

From now until the end of the year he will be deducted 20 points from last year's Cancun tournament in Mexico.

According to coach Tran Quoc Phong, Nam will therefore retain his spot within the top 250 of the ATP rankings at 247th in the world.

Moving forward, he noted that the Vietnamese player will still have the opportunity to compete in the qualifying round of the Australia Open 2023 in January. The Tay Ninh-born player must now wait for the official list which will be announced by the organising board of the Australian Open in December.

The coach stressed that this year represents the most successful period of Nam's career so far after rising from No.589 since March. Indeed, this represents the highest ranking ever achieved by a player from Southeast Asia and Vietnam.