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‘Young’ PH Cuppers upbeat vs Indonesians

/ 09:45 PM September 11, 2012

THE CEBUANA Lhuillier-Philippine Davis Cup team, fielding its youngest team in years, remains confident when it tackles a formidable Indonesia side in the Davis Cup Group 2 finals this week in Jakarta.

The Filipinos left Sunday for the Sept. 14 to 16 tie that decides which team moves up to Group 1.

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With an average age of 23 years old and half of them made up of homegrown players, the PH Cuppers will attempt to stop a team that is built around a tough veteran in Christopher Rungkat, who led the Indonesians in last year’s Southeast Asian Games and in a previous tie against Thailand.

“We will go up against a hometown crowd but we are ready,” said team manager Jean Henri Lhuillier of his team made up of 27-year-olds Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales, 19-year-old Jeson Patrombon and 20-year-old Francis Casey Alcantara.

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The Philippines won four of the past nine outings against Indonesia including the last one in 2000.

Rungkat, the 22-year-old ranked No. 355th in the world in singles, spearheaded a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Thailand last April in their Davis Cup Group 2 semifinals also held in Gelora Bung Karno tennis stadium in Jakarta.

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