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Chin in self-quarantine
Published on: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
By: GL Oh
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Christian is continuing his training on a makeshift tennis court at home.
Kota Kinabalu: National tennis number one Christian Didier Chin will only be making a decision on his tournament schedule in May following the current Covid-19 crisis which saw all tennis tournaments throughout the world being cancelled.

The Kota Kinabalu lad, who has just returned home from Kuala Lumpur last Thursday, is currently undergoing a 14-day self-quarantine, according to his father Christopher Chin on Monday.

He said his son was supposed to take part in the Egypt ITF (International Tennis Federation) M15 tournaments two weeks ago, but had to cancel the four-week trip after he learned that all ITF  tournaments will be cancelled for the next three months.

“Christian was already at the airport on March 13 when the announcement was made by the world body that all ITF tournaments will be cancelled until June 8, so as a result he did not make it to the plane.

“Instead he spent another week in Kuala Lumpur before we decided to bring him back home to be with the family, and we will only plan his next move once everything is back to normal.

“Hopefully by May, we can have a clearer picture but it is unlikely that he will return to Egypt because there are set to be a lot of schedule re-arrangements in training and tournaments by then,” he said.

Meanwhile, Christian is continuing his training at home despite the MCO (Movement Control Order).

Apart from the normal fitness drills, he also managed to train with his racket on a makeshift court at home.

“It is important for me to stay disciplined during this MCO period. My dad and I managed to set up a mini court in our house compound and he does the feedings for me to do volley and other stuff. 

“I also do a lot of bodyweight exercises as well as using exercise bands to maintain my strength,” he said.

The tennis ace, who is trained by Iranian Saed Alirizad, last played competitively at the Tennis Malaysia National Circuit 2020 Leg-One tournament held at the National Tennis Centre from February 19-23, where he lost in the final to Indonesian player Agung Susanto in straight sets 1-6, 6-7 (5) after putting up a good fight.


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