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

Marcelo Rios opens up about the rising Chinese star dad who fired him for no reason.

1998 Australian Open finalist Marcelo Rios suggested he was fired by Juncheng Shang because the 17-year-old’s father wanted him gone. Shang, who is currently ranked 195 in the world, is one of the most promising young players on the ATP Tour.

“You didn’t give me a reason. Not even ‘we don’t like the way you dress,’ Jerry asked [Juncheng] and he told me ‘my father’ so I understood everything,” Rios told La Tercera, as revealed by Jose Morgado.

This season, Shang has made two Challengers – one won the Challenger title – and also collected a Futures title.

Rios is 100% sure he wasn’t fired because of Shang’s performance results. “His parents don’t give him space. They are always with him and that hurts the kid. I wasn’t fired for results, he reached two finals and was #190 ATP.

But I’ll be honest: I didn’t enjoy my time with this dad,” Rios added.

Rios had a hard time dealing with Shang’s father

“For me, a pro should practice twice a day on the court + physically.

Shang worked 2 hours a day, wakes up at 12 noon, every little pain and we stop. We didn’t practice the week his father had Covid. Such a different and difficult culture to understand,” Rios claimed.

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

Shang drove all the way at Lexington while finishing second at Granby. After being out of action for two weeks, Shang returned to action at the Cary Challenger last week. At Cary, Shang suffered a three-set loss to Jordan Thompson in the round of 16.

Overall, it’s been a good and positive year for Shang in terms of results. Shang, who started the year as the 666th player in the world, is now in the top 200. With a few more notable results in the rest of the year, Shang could very well break into the top-150.

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