Ly Hoang Nam set a new record in Vietnamese tennis history after placing No. 290 in the latest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world rankings on Monday.
Nam’s breakthrough followed his excellent performance in the final of the Challenger 50 Bangkok Open 2022, which is part of the ATP Challenger Tour system, in Thailand over the weekend.
Despite losing to Monaco’s No. 1 player Valentin Vacherot in the final, the runner-up title came with a US$3,050 prize and awarded Nam 30 more accumulated points in the ATP rankings.
These 30 points sent Nam from 328th place to 290th in the world rankings with a total of 169 points.
Since the beginning of June, the Vietnamese tennis star has jumped a total of 187 notches in the ATP rankings after four championships and one second prize in the ITF World Tennis Tour tournaments and one runner-up title in the ATP Challenger Tour.
“He is the first athlete in Vietnam’s tennis history to reach the final of an ATP Challenger Tour event,” said Tran Quoc Phong, Nam’s coach, adding that the Vietnamese tennis player is preparing for two more tournaments in the ATP Challenger Tour system in Thailand to achieve a higher world ranking before returning home.