Hoang Thien to compete at 4 Grand Slams in 2012

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Vietnam's best young tennis player Nguyen Hoang Thien will be able to qualify for  four Grand Slam contests next year when he is among the top 100 juniors.

Thien was born in 1995 and is currently ranked 121st in the world's junior ranking; but from the beginning of 2012, fifty-two junior players currently among the top 100 will be older than 18 years old and will fall out of the list of juniors.

Thien's father, Nguyen Ngoc Minh, who has spent US$1 million to help Thien pursue his professional tennis career, said he would continue to invest more when Thien turns 17 in 2012, because it will mark a turning point in his career.

Thien is now trained by two French coaches,  Marcel Dominique Petit and Tom Kindavong, but his family is trying to find a better coach for him.

Thien is now training in the United States and will fly to Mexico to compete in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 1 contest from Dec. 26, 2011 until Jan. 1, 2012, before flying to Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open, which is the first Grand Slam of the year to take place in late January.

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