Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Houdre wins at Kep Open

Houdre wins at Kep Open

Houdre wins at Kep Open

Camille Houdre of France hits a shot yesterday during the 2nd Kep Open tournament at Villa Romonea. Photograph supplied

For 25-year-old Frenchman Camille Houdre it was a profitable trip to Kep. The right-hander, who was among the top 10 back home in his junior days, took the men’s singles title in the second Kep Open tennis tournament in the coastal town’s Villa Romonea court yesterday.

In a hard fought final that was decided on a super tie break, the fifth-seeded Houdre got the measure of left-handed local hope Sokphal Ngo Sisowath, who despite shouldering the huge burden of organising the event also displayed his court craft as the third seed in going down gamely at 6-1, 3-6, 10-7.

“I invited Camille Houdre to play here. He accepted the invitation and I am glad he is going back with the trophy,” beaten finalist Sokphal, who is also the Tennis Federation of Cambodia’s head coach for junior programs in Kep and Kampot, told the Post yesterday.

“I enjoyed my tennis here and I will be back next year,” promised Houdre, who played an exquisite super tie break during which his 37-year-old rival managed to save a match point in the craziest of fashions – amortie as the French love to call it.

On the way to the final, Houdre produced the surprise of the tournament by getting the better of top seeded Long Chumnet, a TFC junior initiative coach. The Frenchman won 4-1, 4-5, 10-8.

In the other semi-final, Sokphal defeated one of TFC’s Phnom Penh-based coaches, Pov Pros, 5-4, 4-2.

The men’s doubles event was won by Geoffrey Broucher and Chem Somphors. The winning pair beat Stephane Arril and Eric Mam 8-10, 10-7, 11-9 in a contest of tie-breaks.

The organisers treated all the players to a closing ceremony dinner at the popular Breezes Restaurant where the trophy presentation was also arranged.

Tennis Federation of Cambodia Secretary General Tep Rithivit, while congratulating the winners and the participants, also commended the organisers AS Kep for making the second edition a memorable one.

The TFC, Tep Rithivit said, was pleased to note the huge support from local businesses for this event.

“It was as if the whole town was behind this and I am confident tennis will grow a lot bigger in Kep,” said the secretary.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all