When I was ten, a Japanese anime, The Prince of Tennis, impressed me so much that tennis has become one of the most amazing sports in my mind. Although it is obvious that those magical techniques in the anime are too magnificent to imitate in reality, tennis is definitely a great choice for you to keep fit (or even to meet your Prince/Princess?). Well, now, attention please: here is A TENNIS CLUB right here for you!
Albert MENSAH came from Ghana, Africa. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Accountancy and playing the role of a Residence Tutor in Hall 8. He started the Tennis Club a year ago, with most members recruited from Hall 8 and Jockey Club House (Dr. Alexandar DJORDJEVICH and Dr. Ray CHEUNG, Residence Masters of Hall 8 & JCH and HSBC Prosperity Hall respectively, are members also). The good news is that the Tennis Club welcomed more members from other residence halls through Hall 8’s HIT Tennis classes last semester! Many residents joined HIT Tennis and kicked off their tennis journey.
Q: Can you give us some basic information of your Tennis Club?
Albert: The initial purpose was to provide fellow residents with a good way to relax and keep fit. The activity is held on Sunday evenings at Shek Kip Mei Park. There are additional trainings for beginners to prepare them in joining others after acquiring the basic skills. I have applied for funding from Global Services Office’s Student-Initiated Project this year, which means the club will expand. And actually I have always looked forward to see residents from other halls.
Q: Apart from keeping fit, what other missions does the Tennis Club carry?
Albert: Our members of the Tennis Club came from all over the world: Hong Kong, Germany, France, Sri Lanka, China, US, Sweden… It is truly international. It is never just about tennis. We share meals together when the training ends. We talk about everything and take lots of pictures. It’s all because of our common interest. We really have a great time together, which I believe is a success in cultural integration.
Q: Any new plan for the Tennis Club this year?
Albert: We will take part in big competition events, which can motivate club members to their full passion. The training period for beginners may extend to 10 weeks.
I visited the Tennis Club during one of their activities one Sunday. No painful, forced training happened there. Everyone simply played and had fun. If anyone intended to improve his/her skill, the coaches were always glad to help. It was a place for you to feel and learn tennis through your heart. If you like tennis like Albert and his members do, you will not regret being here!
Writer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Photographers: Albert MENSAH (Hall 8), Unnat CHOUDHURY (Hall 11)
來自非洲加納的舍堂八導師Albert MENSAH 現正在我校攻讀博士學位會計系，他在一年前創立了網球社，社員多來自舍堂八與馬會樓（滙豐業昕堂舍監張澤松博士和舍堂八舍監Alex DJORDJEVICH博士也是成員唷）。
文: 王琪 (舍堂十)
圖: Albert MENSAH (舍堂八)