PROMISING Filipino junior netter AJ Lim continues his steady rise on top of the ITF world rankings.
Previously ranked at 254, Lim has now moved up to 198, readily giving coach Manny Teczon a reason to smile these days.
“Today is a special day for us because the new ITF World Junior Rankings say AJ has now broken into the Top 100 plus of the world at 198,” said Teczon, a former Philippine Davis Cupper.
“Were on the right track on our goals and the objective before leaving for Manila was to crack the Top 100 plus world rankings at the end of the circuit,” he added.
Teczon says Lim can still improve on his rankings before the year ends as the young netter from Manila competes in three of the last ITF juniors events in China.
“The circuit is not yet over,” said Teczon, noting that Lim had just beaten a taller and older Taiwanese rival in Tung Li Wu in the first round of the Hong Kong ITF grade 3 tournament.
For his age, Teczon says Lim’s rise in the ITF rankings is impressive enough, considering that most of his rivals are aged 15-16 years old.
“That in itself is a good barometer as to where our kid can go,” said Teczon. “He beats older, more experienced and taller opponents. Tung, for example, is a 6-foot tennister.”
Only last June, Former Zamboanga congressman Romeo Jalosjos, Lim’s patron, said he will produce a Filipino world tennis champion within the next five years.
“We’re still on course. And I am optimistic,” said the longtime tennis backer, who incidentally is the founder of the Tennis Academy of the Philippines Foundation which produced Lim and other young tennis players.