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Srichaphan brothers win doubles in Chiang Mai

Paradorn overpowered by Marcelo Rios

Gymkhana Golf Club hosts annual golf tournament

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Srichaphan brothers win doubles in Chiang Mai

Aussies refuse to admit defeat despite “injury”

Marion Vogt
Photos Michael Vogt

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.

Paradorn 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 Stolle).

Awaiting 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 Srichaphan-Srichaphan.

Aussie Sandon Stolle with Narathorn Srichaphan, Paradorn’s older brother and the baby.

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.

The 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.

Paradorn chatted and signed autographs after the game.

The crowd laughing when the ‘injured’ Andrew Kratzmann enlisted the ball boy to play in his place.

The good mood was visible.


Paradorn overpowered by Marcelo Rios

Time to re-write the script

Marion Vogt
Photos: Michael Vogt

The 700 Year Anniversary stadium was full and the excitement was almost touchable, to see the former World No. 1, who had not played for over five months, against the local hero Paradorn.

The fans wanted it all, and being a good sport, Paradorn gave all.

Despite putting a stop to two breakpoint opportunities for Rios, Paradorn was not able to do it a third time when needed and Rios went to the lead in the first set 4-2. But Paradorn’s willpower is legendary and he fought back from 5-2 down to level at 5-5.

The same situation re-appeared during the tiebreak of the first set. Rios leading 6-1, but with the help of around 1,200 fans Paradorn saved four set points reaching 6-5, but was destroyed by a smashing serve from Rios to lose 7-6.

Marcelo Rios’ serves were fast, aiming at Paradorn’s backhand.

The second set saw a very self confident and attacking Rios and within minutes it seemed, the game was 4-1 for Rios of Chile. Paradorn tried to get back on track but his concentration was not enough and the game ended a clear 6-2 for the Chilean.

The fans cheered both players until Paradorn had thrown almost everything he brought on the court in the crowd. Tennis balls and wet T-shirts were most wanted trophies and even 45 minutes after the game ended he was still around to sign shirts, balls and autograph books.


Gymkhana Golf Club hosts annual golf tournament

On Saturday December 20, the annual golf tournament took place at the Gymkhana Golf Club. The club played host to a record 160 players. Men, women and children of all ages took part in the all day event.

(From left) Chairman of Gymkhana Sports Club, Preecha Kovitaya, overall tournament winner with the lowest score, 13-year-old Pitachon and sponsor of the beautiful new trophy, Dante Valdellon.

Great credit must go to officials of the club in managing to get all players around the 18 hole course before dusk, also for enrolling caddies from other clubs to cope with the demand.

One would expect the grounds men to have their work cut out after the rounds, due to the number of wayward shots removing branches from trees lining the fairway! The greens were in their usual superb condition, allowing players to obtain some good scores, with the winner carding a 59 net! The winners’ names have been displayed at the Gymkhana Club. A fine way to start the holiday celebrations!


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!