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http://english.vietnamnet.vn/sports/2007/04/690024/

Tennis player spends billions on career

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese tennis is now at a standstill and some talents have had to seek their own ways. Nguyen Thuy Dung is an example of this trend and a bright face of Vietnamese tennis at present.

Thuy Dung, 20, naturally loves tennis as she often goes to tennis courts with her father. She began to play tennis at the age of 12.

After nearly ten years of hard training, Dung has become a famous player of Hanoi and has been a member of the national tennis team for 6-7 years. She has taken part in many reputed international tournaments and won the gold medal for women’s doubles and silver medal for women’s singles at the World U18 Championship held in Vietnam in 2004.

Thuy Dung’s family has invested billions of dong in international training courses and tournaments, hoping that one day Dung will enter the world’s top 300 tennis players.

The biggest plan that Dung and her family designed for the near future was a long-term training course at the Vic Baden Institute in Los Angeles, the US. Dung and her family’s decision has shocked the Vietnamese tennis circle because she will need at least VND2 billion (US$125,000) for a year in the US.

Thuy Dung’s mother said that the payment for a coach for Thuy Dung is around $4,000/month. Particularly, Dung will have to pay $10 for an hour using a tennis ball shooter, which may cost her nearly $1,000 a month. In addition, Dung will have to pay travel fees and fees to take part in tournaments in the US during the time Dung stays there.

VND2 billion is a huge amount of money for a tennis player in general and an athlete in Vietnam in general currently.

With the support of her parents, Dung is working to get her first points on the rankings list of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Dung has practiced in Thailand and attended some tournaments in the Philippines with her own money.

Before playing in the International Women’s Tennis Tournament Toyota Cup 2007, Dung competed at a professional tournament in India. Today, April 27, she went to Indonesia to attend three international tournaments. She can go to the Republic of Korea this May to take part in another professional event.

Dreaming of entering the top 300 tennis players in the world, Dung has given up life’s pleasures to focus on training and studying English to prepare for overseas training courses and tournaments.
 

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Too bad Thuy lost in first round qualy in Jakarta :sad:

 
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Interesting article -

Dung’s family has invested billions of dong...
 

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so the dongs have invested billions of dung into daughter dong but so far they've come up with nothing but dung.

hopefully a move to the u.s. will help the dongs' investment of lots of dung will turn the dung their daughter is producing into true dollars. :lol:
 

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so the dongs have invested billions of dung into daughter dong but so far they've come up with nothing but dung.

hopefully a move to the u.s. will help the dongs' investment of lots of dung will turn the dung their daughter is producing into true dollars. :lol:

:scratch:
 

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Keep the dung and dongs out of the US! jk ;)
 

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Too bad she's not a snooker player. Then we would have Ding, Dot and Dung.
 
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The girl has a double bagel win, in 10k Manila.

Unfortunately, she has only qualified for a 10k once, in 2006, where she lost in the first round of Manila to Czarina Mae Arevalo.
 

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you guys are funny.
 

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her family must me "financially comfortable" because that is shitloads of moolah :eek:
 
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