ERIC Jed Olivarez and Katrina Orteza head the cast in the 18-and-under division of the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tournament starting on Saturday at the Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Cainta, Rizal.
Olivarez is expected to face a tough challenge by No. 2 Marcen Gonzales, third seed Lance Canizares, fourth ranked Kyle Joseph and the likes of Vernon Huivonhua, Jerome Romualdez, Jose Cano and Julian Dayrit while Orteza will be joined in the girls’ side by second seed Maia Balce, No. 3 Isabella Orteza and fourth ranked Andrea Amistad.
Also on tap in the upcoming event are competitions in the boys’ and girls’ 12-, 14-, 16-and-under classes and the 10-unisex category.
The five-day event is the seventh leg of the year-round nationwide circuit put up by Palawan Pawnshop.
The circuit, sanctioned by Philta and supported by Babolat, held the first five stages in the Visayas with the sixth hosted by Paranaque last month. The eighth leg will be held April 5 to 9 at the Ouans Worth Farm Resort in Lucena City with free registration. For details, contact Philta referee Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.