Defending champion Tenzin Singye Dorji lifted the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel National  Open 2017 trophy yesterday.

Taking the tennis world by storm he became the youngest champion at 15 winning the open national tennis championship last year.

Tenzin Singye Dorji played against his trainer in the final which made the situation difficult for the young champion.

He sealed his victory with two straight set win, 6-0, 6-4.

Tenzin Singye Dorji said, “The second set of the final was the toughest. Winning the game was not much of a great thing but a win over my trainer gave me encouragement. It was his advice and the training that helped me become a better player.”

The trainer told him to improve his serve and to control his mind during the game.

The 16-year-old national champion stepped into the tennis court as a ball boy. He gradually immersed in the sport by watching others play and learned from them.

Tenzin Singye Dorji said that his passion in tennis helped him become a better person outside the court.

“ After playing this game, I learned to have patience and to deal with people. We have to face different opponents in the court and I keep doing the same throughout the games,” he said. “ I do the same outside the court.”

Inspired by Roger Federer, Tenzin Singye Dorji hopes to become a professional tennis player one day. He was given a cash prize of Nu 20,000 with a trophy.

Tenzin Singye Dorji and Nidup Dorji won the men’s double category and Pema Chenzom defeated the former champion Tandin Wangmo to win the women’s single. Tshering Namgay won in the veteran single category.

More than 50 tennis players participated in the week-long open championship that saw more youth participants. The tournament started on October 2 and ended yesterday