Marcelo Rios sounds off on rising Chinese star dad who fired him for ‘no reason’

1998 Australian Open finalist Marcelo Rios urged he used to be fired by way of Juncheng Shang for the reason that 17-year-old’s father sought after him long gone. Shang, who is these days taking part in a career-high score of No. 195 on the earth, is without doubt one of the maximum promising younger gamers on the ATP Tour.

“They didn’t give me a reason. Not even ‘we don’t like they way you dress’ Asked Jerry [Juncheng] and he told me ‘my dad’, so I understood everything,” Rios instructed La Tercera, as printed by way of Jose Morgado.

This season, Shang has made two Challenger – one gained Challenger identify – and likewise gathered a Futures identify.

Rios is 100% positive that he wasn’t fired as a result of Shang’s result of efficiency. “His parents don’t give him any space. They are always with him and that hurts the kid. I wasn’t fired because of results, he made two finals and was #190 ATP.

But I will be honest: didn’t enjoy my time with that father,” Rios added.

Rios had a difficult time coping with Shang’s father

“For me, a professional should practice twice per day on court + physical.

Shang was doing 2 hours per day, wakes up at 12pm, every little pain and we stop. In the week that his dad had covid we didn’t practice. Such a different and tough culture to understand,” Rios claimed.

In August, Shang made back-to-back Challenger finals in Lexington and Granby.

Shang went the entire means in Lexington, whilst he ended runner-up in Granby. After being out of motion for two weeks, Shang returned to motion ultimately week’s Cary Challenger. In Cary, Shang suffered a three-set defeat to Jordan Thompson within the round-of-16.

Overall, it’s been a just right and sure 12 months for Shang result-wise. Shang, who began the 12 months because the 666th-ranked participant on the earth, is now throughout the top-200. With a couple of extra notable ends up in the remainder of the 12 months, Shang may rather well broke into the top-150.

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