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Veteran Coach Offers Tips For Chinese Success

A top Spanish tennis coach has said that collaboration is the key to the success of Chinese tennis.

Chinese wildcard Zeng Shaoxuan was eliminated 3-6, 3-6 on Wednesday by fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"Zeng is not young," Luis Bruguera, captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team in the 1980s, said on the sidelines of the Shanghai Masters.

Big events like Shanghai ATP Masters are essential but to push professional tennis to the highest levels, China needs to create a system of under 12, under 15, under 20 tournaments, followed by major events, the 62-year-old Bruguera said. "Within two years I will give you a very good Chinese player."

The Spaniard is in the city to explore opportunities in China.

World No. 3 Andy Murray and his son Sergi Bruguera were trained in his academy in Spain. Sergi won the French Open in 1993 and 1994.

While Chinese women have done fairly well with Zheng Jie reaching the Wimbledon semifinals last year, the current highest ranking of a Chinese men's player is 393.


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