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Huff blows away Chan in Siem Reap Open final

Huff blows away Chan in Siem Reap Open final

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Brad Huff of the US hits a shot to Cambodia’s Chanti Chan on Sunday during their final of the Siem Reap Open tournament. Photograph supplied

 

American collegiate player turned coach Brad Huff won the inaugural Siem Reap Open tennis tournament on Sunday, beating Chanti Chan of Cambodia 6-2, 6-1 in the final at the Grand Soluxe Angkor Palace Resort and Spa.

On the way to the finals, Huff defeated Patrick Gourlay 8-1 while Chanti Chan recorded an identical win over Michele Cipriani.

Apart from representing the University of Tulsa, Huff was also a member of the Furman University team as a senior before he plunged into coaching. His major coaching achievement was a stint in 2009-10 with Chuck Kriese, the then head coach of Thailand.

Cambodia’s present national coach Braen Aneiros was also part of that team.

A resident of Siem Reap, Huff was the prime mover in organising this eight-player event which followed the Barclays ATP Tour finals format. Players were split into two groups, blue and red, with each playing the others in their respective groups over eight-game pro sets in the preliminary stage.

The top two from each group made it to the criss-cross semi-finals.

“We are grateful to the Grand Soluxe Angkor Palace Resort and Spa who provided courts, their staff and amenities during the five-day event,” Huff told the Post yesterday.

“We are also thankful for the logistical support from the Tennis Federation of Cambodia.”

TFC Secretary-General Tep Rithivit said it was “great to see tournaments popping up everywhere” in the Kingdom.

“I hope other major cities take this cue. I would like Huff to handle an orphanage, train a mini-tennis coach and launch the ITF’s Tennis 10s program in Siem Reap,” he added.

To contact the reporter on this story: H S Manjunath at [email protected]

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