The long awaited Paradorn Super Tour 2003 at the 700 Year
Anniversary Sports Complex on December 18 saw the Srichaphan brothers pitted
against the Australian team of Andrew Kratzmann and Sandon Stolle.
with one of his dangerous serves.
Narathorn and Paradorn seemed to take the game a lot more
seriously than the Kratzmann-Stolle team and had an easy win 6-3, 6-2.
Governor of Chiang Mai, Suwat Tantipat said how proud
Chiang Mai was to have the Srichaphan family in town again with Paradorn,
his older brother Narathorn, together with father and coach Chanachai
Srichaphan and proud mother Ubon, as well as world class players like Andrew
Kratzmann and Sandon Stolle (son of former Australian tennis great, Fred
the Australian serve.
The evening started with the DHL Cheerleaders group, but
the audience was waiting for Paradorn because he has proved that Asians can
be amongst the top players in the world.
The first set was good straight forward tennis with
powerful ground strokes and equally powerful serves, ending 6-3 for
Sandon Stolle with Narathorn Srichaphan, Paradorn’s older brother and the
The second set saw a very high spirited Australian side
playing to the gallery, chasing the ‘high balls’ in the audience. It was
a feast for tennis fans and even more hilarious when Paradorn accidentally
hit Andrew Kratzmann in a very delicate spot and he claimed injury and
insisted that a ball boy take over. The umpires did a great job allowing the
players to have a little fun in between some great world class tennis.
DHL Cheerleader group warmed up the audience.
After the match, Stolle and Kratzmann expressed their
happiness to be on tour with the Srichaphans and being able to play tennis
in the land of smiles and sunshine. They did not admit to ‘losing’ with
Sandon Stolle saying, “We did not lose but we won five points.”
Paradorn and Narathorn admitted that winning the game at
the 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex was not that hard, since their
counterparts took it very lightly and they loved the high spirited audience,
but for them it was also practice for the Chennai Open in India 2004, where
the burden of Thai hopes is weighing on their shoulders.
Paradorn fans had another pleasure when, despite having played almost 90
minutes non stop, he sat down and started to sign tennis balls and took the
time in talking to children and adults alike.
chatted and signed autographs after the game.
crowd laughing when the ‘injured’ Andrew Kratzmann enlisted the ball boy
to play in his place.
mood was visible.