|Vietnamese ace Nguyễn Văn Phương. — Photo sohacdn.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Young Vietnamese ace Nguyễn Văn Phương came from behind to beat Tomas Kopczynski of the US in the first round of the men’s singles category at the Copa Del Café Junior Tennis Tournament held in Costa Rica on January 16.
16-year-old Phương won 6(1)-6(7), 6-4, 6-1.
Phương is junior world No 193, while Kopczynski is junior world No 113.
Phương of Bình Dương team will next meet Sebastian Welch of Chile, junior world No 168.
Earlier, Phương and his partner Michael Francis II Eala from the Philippines won the boys’ doubles title at the Eddie Herr tennis tournament in the US in December.
The Copa del Café, which is also called the Coffee Bowl, is an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 1 tennis tournament played every January in Costa Rica. It is part of a junior circuit backed by the ITF and supported by the tennis federations of many countries. — VNS