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Ex-tennis star Paradorn Srichapan of Thailand contemplating golf career now

Published on Apr 16, 2013 9:43 PM
 
This file photo taken on April 7, 2006, shows Thai tennis player Paradorn Srichaphan eyeing a return during his Davis Cup Asia / Oceania Zone Group 1 second round match against Japan in Bangkok. He's a former top-10 tennis player who has dabbled in politics, business and acting. Now Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan is taking on possibly his most ambitious challenge - professional golf. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - He's a former top-10 tennis player who has dabbled in politics, business and acting. Now Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan is taking on possibly his most ambitious challenge - professional golf.

Despite taking up the game just two years ago, the 33-year-old is hopeful of making the unusual transition to a pro career, and this week he will make his second invitational appearance on the Asean PGA Tour.

"To make a living (from golf) is not my goal," Paradorn said, according to a press release from tour organisers. "My goal is to be the first Asian athlete changing from other another sport to play professional golf.

"Scott Draper from Australia, a top-50 player in world at tennis, he turned pro in Australia playing golf - he was the first one.

 
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