Press Esc to close

The lone warrior from Dragon land!

MELBOURNE, Jan 13, 2013, Reuters: 0:26 IST
China is set to take another small step on the long march to becoming a tennis power when 21-year-old Wu Di meets Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Australian Open.

The 186th-ranked Wu, from the Yangtze river port of Wuhan, earned a wildcard to become the first Chinese man in the main draw of a Grand Slam since Mei Fu-Chi played at Wimbledon in 1959 in the era of Mao Zedong.

While Chinese women players have made major strides in recent years, Li Na capturing Asia's first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 2011, the men have trailed far behind.

The pint-sized Wu said he hoped to do his bit for the lagging half of China’s 1.3 billion population as he battled the butterflies before his Grand Slam debut.

“Of course, I’m nervous!” Wu said at Melbourne Park on Sunday. “It’s my first Grand Slam and I’m the first (Chinese) man in the professional era to play, so there’s certainly some nerves.

“But it’s part of a process. I’m really excited to be the first man but just being here isn’t my goal -- I actually want to win.”

His new dedication to the game has been noted by fellow Wuhan native and friend Li nA.
“Now that he’s got his coach he has someone that can be behind him pushing him forward,” Li told reporters on Sunday.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
People celebrate Latthmaar Holi in Barsana near Mathura on Saturday...

People celebrate Latthmaar Holi in Barsana near Mathura on Saturday...

An olive ridley turtle makes nest to lay eggs during mass nesting at Rushikulya of Ganjam...

An olive ridley turtle makes nest to lay eggs during mass nesting at Rushikulya of Ganjam...

A girl with umbrella sells vegetables during light rains, at the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar...

A girl with umbrella sells vegetables during light rains, at the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar...

Actor Rani Mukherji poses with differently-abled children during Hichki Teachers Award...

Actor Rani Mukherji poses with differently-abled children during Hichki Teachers Award...

Artists perform on the ocassion of 'Fag Mahotsav' ahead of Holi festival at Govind Dev Ji Temple...

Artists perform on the ocassion of 'Fag Mahotsav' ahead of Holi festival at Govind Dev Ji Temple...

People celebrate Latthmaar Holi during the Latthmaar Holi celebrations, in Barsana near...

People celebrate Latthmaar Holi during the Latthmaar Holi celebrations, in Barsana near...

Policemen are surrounded by teargas during an anti-facism demonstration in Milan, Italy. Reuters

Policemen are surrounded by teargas during an anti-facism demonstration in Milan, Italy. Reuters

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at...

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at...

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at ...

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at ...

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister M Siddaramaiah, Senior leader...

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister M Siddaramaiah, Senior leader...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.