THE Olivarez Cup-Philippine men's international tennis championship makes a big comeback with the country pinning their hopes on local campaigners in the main draw which kicks off on Tuesday at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Philippine Tennis Association president, Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said he is confident that Filipino netters can make it at least to the semifinals of the US$15,000 ITF Futures meet.
"With four players in the main draw with wild cards and four more in the qualifying, I think we have a chance here," Olivarez said during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey's Malate.
The Philippines will have Davis Cuppers Johnny Arcilla, Patrick John Tierro and Elbert Anasta, while Fil-Italian Marc Reyes got wild cards into the main draw.
Another former David Cupper, Jeson Patrombon, already assured himself of a slot in the main draw after besting two opponents in the qualifying round over the weekend.
Philta vice-president Randy Villanueva and PH Cupper Ruben Gonzales also appeared as guests in the program presented by Shakey’s, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., where they also discussed the coming Davis Cup semifinal tie against Pakistan in the coming week.
"We thank you for supporting tennis, and it's been an exciting three weeks for us with the success of the Mitsubishi Lancer junior, now we have the Olivarez Cup-Futures and then the Davis Cup," said Villanueva.
Gonzales will play in the Olivarez Cup only in doubles in tandem with Thai Sonchat Ratiwatana, while Treat Huey will skip the meet and will instead be a commentator for the TV coverage of ABS-CBN Sports. Official ball is Dunlop All Court.
The Davis Cup will be held at the Philippine Columbian Association shell/clay court on April 4-6. Drawing of lots will be held on April 5 at the Paranaque City Hall.