Ethan Lye: Chiang Mai and Sydney

A family's moving sacrifice the key to raising a champion

Ethan Lye (second from left) with his team-mates and coach Luke Bourgeois (centre) at the Voyager Tennis Academy in Sydney, Australia, where he is now based.
Ethan Lye (second from left) with his team-mates and coach Luke Bourgeois (centre) at the Voyager Tennis Academy in Sydney, Australia, where he is now based.PHOTO COURTESY OF ETHAN LYE

Ethan Lye's dream of becoming a tennis professional demanded sacrifice. From him and his entire family. In 2012, when he was 10, the household made the decision to relocate to Chiang Mai so that he could pursue both his sport and his studies.

"Even at that age, it was tough for me to balance school with tennis, so it would have been really difficult to have had to do both as well as I am able to do now," said the 16-year-old Ethan, now based in Australia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'A family's moving sacrifice the key to raising a champion'. Print Edition | Subscribe