02 Oct 2017

Wu proud to end Junior career in Chengdu

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Photo: Arata YamaokaYibing Wu (CHN)

World Junior No. 1 Wu Yibing says he is ‘massively proud’ to be able to end his junior career at the prestigious ITF Junior Masters in Chengdu later this month.

Wu, who scooped both the boys’ singles and doubles titles at the US Open in September in his penultimate junior event, will bring the curtain down on his junior career in front of home fans at the third edition of the Masters on 25-29 October.

“It's been an incredible last few months, winning the junior US Open and fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine,” said the 17-year-old from Hangzhou, China.

“I am massively proud to be able to end my junior career by playing at the ITF Junior Masters in Chengdu. 

“It is extra special to do this in my own country after all the support the Chinese people have given me over the years.”

Wu turns 18 on 14 October, but has already begun the transition to the professional game. He won his first Challenger title as a wild card in Shanghai last month – becoming the youngest Chinese Challenger champion ever after defeating former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Yen-Hsun Lu in the title decider a week after his US Open triumph.

Now ranked 320 in the world, he was handed a wild card into last week’s ATP Tour event in Chengdu – where he ran world No. 126 Thiago Monteiro close before falling in three sets in the first round.

Chengdu is fast-becoming a happy hunting ground for Wu, given that the teenager also reached the semifinals at another challenger event as a wild card in the city in early August.

With the year-end junior No. 1 ranking on the line and Argentine world junior No. 2 Axel Geller hot on his heels for the top spot, Wu’s familiarity with Chengdu could prove a crucial advantage at the ITF Junior Masters.

A total prize fund of $160,000 in travel grants is up for grabs at the event, which aims to showcase the best young players in the game and help with their transition to the professional realm.