我於9歲時移居澳州後,首次拿起網球拍。直到我12歲時於澳州嬴得首個網球獎杯,我便決定要代表香港,踏上世界排名的目標。但這條路並不是一條易走的路。

當時我沒有資金接受正規的訓練,我父親蘇沛德便決定親自教授。他對我的網球事業有着莫大的影响。他經常跟我說凡事要盡力而為,而讀書及網球事業對我是同等重要。

直至1998年,我已嬴得多個獎項,並於澳州新南威爾士州得到少年組別排名第一。我便以這樣的成績加上其他獎項,獲得美國University of Central Oklahoma 獎學金修讀精算學學位。

與此同時,我代表學校參加美國大學運動總會(NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association) 及美國大學網球總會(ITA - Intercollegiate Tennis Association) 。

我於首三年的學屆比賽生涯都是被傷患困擾,但我仍堅持練習及比賽,並沒有給予自己一個藉口,令自己發揮到極限。最終我亦能完滿地完成我的學屆網球生涯:

  • 2003 NCAA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
  • 2004 NCAA Senior Player of the Year Award
  • 2003 ITA Lone Star Conference Player of the Year
  • Top 25 National NCAA collegiate ranking
  • 2002 ITA Rolex Midwest Regional Tournament – Runner up
  • 2003 ITA Rolex Midwest Regional Tournament – Semi finals

畢業後我於美國展開了職業生涯,但發現跟學屆網球是兩回事。做職業球員沒有想像中的光輝,經常要以快餐杲腹及睡於梳化上。為了省酒店住宿的費用,曾經於由得克薩斯州駕車到俄克拉何馬州途中睡著,發生交通意外,車子於快速公路上翻了兩番,我非常幸運,安然無恙。

經歷了強差人意的一年,我決定重新部署。當我正在為着經費躊躇時,我幸運地遇到Kirk Wilson願意提供免費訓練。經過艱苦訓練的一年,我以Wilson教練的新技術重返職業球壇,很快便取得世界排名了。

後來我受聘於香港精英隊 National Elite Team,並得到贊助費用。但我不單止受到不公平對待,

更由於政治因素及訓練不足,令我非常失望及感到強烈的挫敗,差點兒令我放棄!

最後,我決定克服這一切困難,証明自己是足以成為代表參賽。我確定了目標成為世界網球總會

(ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals) 最高排名的香港網球手,這不只是証明給別人看,

更重要是對自己有一個交代。

離隊之後,我便要負責自己所有的費用,在各方朋友的幫助下,我繼續訓練。前中國廣州冠軍人馬馬嶸讓我加入他們的訓練學院,尤如他們的一份子,我欣然接受了兩個月的正規訓練,並首次打入世界賽的半準決賽。

我繼續9個月的世界級比賽,終於達成夢想,成為了世界排名最高的香港選手。而我亦面對繼續比賽向更高目標進發或是開始工作照顧雙親的抉擇。這是一個難以抉擇的決定,最終我都是以家庭為先。對於自己並沒有因遇上困難而放棄,並達成自己定下的目標,我感到很自豪!

雖然我已退出了全職運動員的生涯,我每年仍會參加香港網球大師杯的比賽。這是一個每年最後的比賽,並只會邀請精英球手參賽。在我參與過的5屆,我(與馬嶸)曾獲得2次冠軍、2次亞軍及1次入圍半準決賽。

在這一切之後,最終我的努力獲得認同。我三年被選為代表香港參加台維斯杯(Davis Cup) 。這是一個美妙的經驗及榮耀。

我現在以一個網球教練的身份,延續我對網球運動的熱誠,協助他人達成夢想。我遇到很多喜愛網球活動,並希望得到訓練從而進步的人,但我亦感到香港的網球活動可以辦得更好。

我決定成立教練公司「專業網球技術有限公司」(ATP Ltd – Advanced Tennis Performance Limited) ,專注於提供高級網球訓練,我覺得有需要展示這項運動的真正一面。

最重要的是我强調所有ATP Ltd的教練需要精通全面的網球知識及技術。他們需要擁有:

  • 世界排名或比賽成績(經驗的顯示)
  • 卓越的教練資格(訓練技術的顯示)
  • 出眾的球技(示範正確的球技)
  • 莫大的熱誠及擁有幫助學員的心意

我仍定期參加職業比賽,現於有悠久網球歷史的九龍木球會(KCC-Kowloon Cricket Club)任職網球總監,負責籌備會所的網球活動及提供訓練予會員及嘉賓。

我非常感謝Oakley,一直以來在我高低起跌的事業中給予我支持。無論我的身份是職業選手、全職教練或行政人員,我就如Oakley一樣,喜愛恒常的挑戰,並不斷開創新領域。

I was born in Hong Kong in 1980 and moved Australia at the age of nine where I first picked up a tennis racket. After winning first tennis trophy at the age of twelve in Australia, I had made up my mind to achieve a world ranking and to represent my native country. However, the road was not to be an easy one.

 Despite the lack of funds to get adequate coaching, my father, Peter 蘇沛德, decided to teach the game to me himself. He has been a great influence in my life throughout my career. He always has told me to give my best into everything that I did, and both study and tennis should be valued equally.

 In 1998, I concluded my junior career in Australia as the number 1 junior in New South Wales, Australia after winning numerous titles.

 With that and many other results, I earned a full scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma, USA, where I represented the school in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association 美國大學運動總會) and ITA (intercollegiate tennis association美國大學綱球總會) while studying an Actuarial Science 精算學 degree.

 During the first three years of my college career, I competed with an ongoing injury.Though this serious injury nagged me for some time, I endured through and continued to train and compete. During this time I told myself to give myself no excuse and see how far I can still push myself. I finished off my collegiate tennis career with numerous achievements:

  • 2003 NCAA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
  • 2004 NCAA Senior Player of the Year Award
  • 2003 ITA Lone Star Conference Player of the Year
  • Top 25 National NCAA collegiate ranking
  • 2002 ITA Rolex Midwest Regional Tournament – Runner up
  • 2003 ITA Rolex Midwest Regional Tournament – Semi finals

 After graduation, I embarked on the professional circuit in America and discovered that the professional game is another level from college tennis. Also the being professional is not as glamorous as it seems, sleeping on sofas and eating fast foods is a regular thing. One time I fell asleep at the wheel while driving back home from Texas to Oklahoma to save hotel costs. Although the car rolled twice along the highway, I was fine and lucky to be alive.

After experiencing a not-so-successful year, I decided to restructure my entire game. I was very lucky to meet coach Kirk Wilson who offered to help me for free as I was really struggling financially. After a long hard year of training, I returned to the professional scene and using the new techniques of Coach Wilson, I quickly achieved my world ranking.

 I was recruited by the National Elite Team who offered to sponsor my expenses on tour. But unfortunately I was confronted by a combination of both political issues and inadequate training, not to mention unfair treatment. The frustration and disappointment almost forced me to give up the game and retire from the tour.

However, I decided to earn my way through the politics and prove myself worthy enough to represent my nation. I made it my goal to at least to become the highest ranked Hong Kong player in the world ATP (association of tennis professionals 世界網球總會) rankings, not only to prove to others but more importantly to myself.

 Leaving the team and bearing all expenses myself, I continued training myself with the help of many of my international friends on tour. Ma Rong, the former number one player from Guang-Zhou, China and his team welcomed me into their training institute and treated me as their own. I was very happy with just two months of proper training; I achieved my first semi-final appearance in a world professional tournament.

 After another nine months and touring the world competing at the highest level, I achieved my dream of becoming the highest ranked Hong Kong player in the world rankings. I had to decide between continuing to compete and work towards the next goal, or to start working to support my parents financially. It was a very tough decision, but family had to come first. I had been very proud to have achieved the goal I made myself and not just quit when all was against me.

 Although I have retired as a full time athlete from the professional tour, each year I compete in Hong Kong’s biggest tournament the Champions Cup 香港綱球大師杯. It is the last tournament of the year which only the best are invited. In the five years that I have competed, I was the Champion twice (with Ma Rong馬嶸), Runner-up twice and one semi-final appearance.

 After all the results, recognition finally arrived and I was selected into the Davis Cup 台維斯杯 team and represented my home nation for three years. It was definitely a great experience and honour.

 I now continue my love of the game and work as a tennis coach to help others reach their dreams. I see that there are many who love the game and seek coaching to improve; however, I observed that the tennis coaching in Hong Kong could be much better.

 I decide to make a difference by creating my own coaching company, ATP Ltd., Advanced Tennis Performance Limited 專業網球技術有限公司, which specializes in advanced tennis training. I feel that is necessary to show the real picture of the sport.

 Most importantly, I stress the requirement for all coaches of the A.T.P. Ltd to be adept in all areas of tennis, and must possess:

  • Career world ranking or tournament results (an indication of experience),
  • Excellent coaching qualifications (an indication of coaching skills),
  • Outstanding playing skills (to demonstrate properly), and
  • Great enthusiasm and heart to help the student.

 While I still compete on the professional periodically, I am now the tennis director of KCC, Kowloon Cricket Club 九龍木球會, which has a great history of tennis heritage in Hong Kong. I now direct tennis affairs within the club and provide coaching for members and guests.

 I thank Oakley with all my heart in that they have helped me through my career during my ups and downs. A professional athlete, a full-time coach, and an administrator, I, just like Oakley, they love to constantly challenge expectations and set new trends!

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