There were amazing scenes at Sunday’s women’s final of the Hua Hin Open Tennis Championship 2020 played on the centre court at True Arena.
In a magnificent display of courage and heart-felt determination, Thasaporn Naklo ‘Taew’, a 19-year from Bangkok, took the title over runner-up ‘Nun’ Kamonwan Buayam from Chonburi.
After the win, with tears in her eyes, Khun Taew said, “I would like to give this championship as the last gift to my father, Somchai Naklo, who died in a car accident on the night of December 22nd. I practiced pre-season to compete in this competition and I wanted to do it for my father. It’s the last gift for Dad.”
In presenting the trophy and winner’s cheque of His Excellency Suwat Liptapanlop offered his congratulations and condolences to Khun Taew adding his praise and admiration for her as a role model for all athletes as she triumphed in the face of tragedy and did not give up.
“Nong Taew became more determined to win the championship for her father and I believe that there is a miracle hidden in her success. I would like to commend her as the best tennis player of the year and top honored athlete of the year. I wish you success as a world-class tennis player in the future according to your father’s intention”, said Khun Suwat.
Special mention was also made of runner-up Khun Nun who played an amazing three sets in the final. She was not only fabulous on the court, but a true sportsperson in her attitude and support of her opponent. This was a match to be long remembered.
The men’s final was won by Pruchya Isaro ‘Nat’, a 25-year-old former national team from Songkhla over ‘Net’, Palaphoom Kovapitukted, the 21-year-old 2018 Asian Games national team Davis Cup player from Chachoengsao. Prize money for these players was 52,000 THB and 35,000 THB respectively.
The Hua Hin Open 2020 was presented by Cal-Comp & CCAU Industrial 4.0 with total prize money of 500,000 baht, organised under the control measures against the Codid-19 epidemic.
In addition to His Excellency Suwat Liptapanlop, former Deputy Prime Minister, President Kittimak, of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand who presided over the closing ceremony, in attendance were Mr. Thanasak Chanyapun, Independent Director of Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) Public Company Limited, Mr. Natha Chomsawee, General Manager of Vana Nava Water Jungle and Mr. Paul King, Club Manager of True Arena Hua Hin.
Paradorn Srichaphan, former World No. 9 Men’s Tennis Player was the Tournament Director supported by Bancha Pimsomboon and Pichai Puntrakul as the organising committee of the competition,
During the closing ceremony, those in attendance stood silently to pay their respects for Mr. Somchai Naklo, father of Thassaporn Naklo, the women’s singles champion.
Apart from the sensational tennis players, the Hua Hin Open Tennis Championship 2020 was also a triumph for the management and organisers of the event which showcased the world class facilities at True Arena in the face of the limitations posed by the Covid-19 restrictions.
The future of Hua Hin as a sporting destination has again been demonstrated by this amazing tennis championship.