PH aces get ATP Challenger wild cards
A big stage is being set for the country’s tennis hotshots.
Philippine Tennis Association chair Jean Henri Lhuillier Thursday said the staging of the ATP Challenger Philippines this weekend will be a big boost not just for local tennis but for the present crop of young players as well.
“I’m so happy with the opportunity to hold this world-class tournament here,” said Lhuillier. “Now (Filipino aces) have a chance to test their skills against high-level opposition without spending so much to travel abroad.”
Sixteen-year-old Alberto Lim Jr., Jeson Patrombon, 22, and Francis Casey Alcantara, 23, received wild-card spots in the main draw of the $75,000 ATP event strewn with regular tour campaigners just outside of the world’s top 100.
Patrombon, Alcantara and fellow Davis Cupper Ruben Gonzales also got wild-card slots in doubles. Alcantara will partner with Indonesian Christopher Rungkat while Gonzales will team up with Briton Darren Walsh.
Gonzales got a wild card in qualifying along with national team mainstay Patrick John Tierro and Fil-Am Mico Santiago.
Qualifying round will be on Saturday and Sunday at the newly renovated Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
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