|Thái Sơn Kwiatkowski is expected to compete at the 2019 SEA Games for the Vietnamese team. - Photo VTF|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Tennis player Thái Sơn Kwiatkowski, ATP world rank 275, will become a naturalised Vietnamese citizen to take part in the Southeast Asian Games later this year.
Kwiatkowski has a Vietnamese mother and a Polish-American father. The 1.88m American athlete is 23 years old.
After winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s singles title in 2017, he received a wild card to take part in the US Open main draw. He lost 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 to 23rd seed Mischance Zverev in the first round.
He collected two singles and three doubles titles in men’s futures events in 2016.
Kwiatkowski took part in the Vietnam Open and was stopped in the semi-finals in early January.
Speaking with reporters after the tournament, he said that despite being born and raised in the US he would love to represent Việt Nam if he had the chance.
Kwiatkowski took time to familiarise himself with the tournament system and seems ready to win the SEA Games gold medal for Việt Nam for the first time.
Việt Nam Tennis Federation President Nguyễn Quốc Kỳ said the VTF had contacted Kwiatkowski and persuaded him to play for the country. He has good technique and a competitive spirit. The VTF is working on procedures to naturalise him.
He has signed a contract to play for HCM City in local tournaments.
The 30th SEA Games will be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11. – VNS