JELEARDO Amazona completed a twinkill in dominating the opening leg of the HEAD 2013 Junior Satellite Circuit national tennis age-group tournament at the GSIS tennis courts in Davao City recently.
A native of Davao Oriental, Amazona upset No. 1 Angelo Factora of Cotabato City in the finals, 6-2, 6-4, to win the singles boys’ 16-under division, and proceeded to beat Mikko Ringia of Cotabato, 7-5, 7-5, for the boys’ singles 18-under title in the Davao leg of the tournament.
“It feels great to win two titles at the start of the event. I hope to win more,” said Amazona, who’s expected to join the second leg in General Santos City beginning this week.
Lenelyn Milo defeated Jenni Celine Dizon, 6-3, 6-3, for the girls singles 18-under title of the meet supported by Smart Sports, a staunch partner in this big grassroots program, Chris Sports, Meralco, Maynilad, Toalson and Head, the official tennis ball.
Cagayan De Oro’s Carmela Llavore also scored a double by bagging the titles of the 16 and 14-under girls division after beating separate opponents. She defeated Jenni Celine Dizon, 6-1, 6-3, for the 16-under, and did the same to Jed Vallie Aquino, 6-0, 6-1, in the 14-under.
Amazona and Llavore were both honored as best player of the first leg, which drew more than 200 players from all over Mindanao and Davao City
Lorderence Pacheco outlasted Stephen Tubbs, 7-5, 6-2, to bag the 14-under boys singles crown, while Janus Ringia and Dana Abad won the top honors in the 12-under boys and girls’ divisions, respectively.
Ringia of South Cotabato tripped Joshua Regino of Mati, 6-3, 6-3 to win the boys' title, even as Abad routed Maria Novis, 6-0, 7-5, in the girls’ side of the meet organized by overall tournament director and Philta vice-president Juanito Cansino.
John David Velez of Davao City scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Maria Novis of Malita in the 10-under unisex category.
Champions and runners up were awarded trophies and earned corresponding seeds from the Philippines Tennis Association.
Also given away to winners were tennis equipment from Head and stringing support from Chris Sports, a leading sports equipment retailer in the Philippines with two branches in Davao.
“As long as we know there is significant impact in grassroots tennis and sports development, we shall continue to run these events yearly for our junior netters,” said Arleen Lindo, Chris Sports marketing manager and over all event manager.