In our first ever Rovo #featuredplayer post, we catch up with Ethan Lye. A young & upcoming player in the Singapore tennis scene who recently won his first major youth tournament: The Singapore open where he beat his opponent Yu Hua Chen in a breath taking tie break.
How did you get into playing tennis?
I don't really remember how I got into tennis because I was only 2 years old! My parents always were very involved with the sport, so I guess I was just surrounded by it.
In fact, here's a picture of the first racquet Ethan ever used. He was so young, he can't remember the name of the racquet!
What is your training schedule like?
My training schedule varies. But most of the days it's school in the morning from 8 30 - 9 55am and then coach picks us up, then we have training from 10 15 to 12 45 ( 2 hours of hitting, 30 mins of gym or fitness) Monday's, Tuesday's and Wednesday I have extra in the morning or afternoon and then school from 1 20 - 3 45
Can you describe your feeling on winning your first major tournament?
Felt pretty unreal at first, but I began to realize that all this is just a reward and milestone to all the hard work that I've put in.
The humble youngster is also quick to thank his family & coaches for his victory.
I would definitely first like to thank my family, who has supported me all the way and have let me pursue my passion even if that means moving away from home, id also like to thank my coaches back in Sydney who have put in a lot of hard work and effort into the program and helping us develop.
Lastly, we asked Ethan what advise would you give to someone who wants to improve their game?
The only advise I can give to anyone, is just create good habits that will make you better as a person and as a player!
Spoken like a true champion. We wish Ethan all the best in his tennis career! Check out Ethan's tennis profile on Rovo & if you're lucky enough, you might be able to have a hit with him too!