Kym Clinches Maiden Challenger Title, Wins In Prostejov

Jerome Kym (photo: Radek Vana – TK PLUS)


Jerome Kym of Switzerland emerged as the champion of the 31st UniCredit Czech Open. The 21-year-old Rheinfelden native had one of the best weeks of his career in Prostejov, advancing from the qualifiers and winning a total of seven consecutive matches.

In Saturday’s singles final, Kim defeated Chun-hsin Tseng of Chinese Taipei 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. The World No. 444 fired five aces and won 67 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after two hours and 27 minutes.

“It was an incredible week for me. I enjoyed the tournament thanks to the great organization. Before the first match, I didn’t believe I could stay in the competition until the last day, but I did. The final match was a big battle, but I had enough confidence from the previous clashes, which helped me in the decisive moments,” said Kym, who clinched his maiden title on the ATP Challenger Tour.

“Tseng is a tough opponent, no doubt about it. The match had its ups and downs, especially towards the end of the third set; that’s how it goes in tennis. Thankfully, I felt a huge sense of relief at the end. I’m thrilled to have clinched this title.”

Kim earned €16,550 in prize money as well as 100 ATP Ranking points. The tournament offered a total prize purse of €120,950 and was held at the TK Prostejov in the Czech Republic.