DISENCHANTMENT over the Philippine Tennis Association’s (Philta) failure to conduct an election for the presidency continues to mount as more sponsors cut their affiliations with the association.
The Quorum Group of companies joined Cebuana Lhuillier and Palawan Pawnshop, organizers of the two biggest age-group tournaments in the country, in pulling out their support for Philta following Buddy Andrada's decision to stay on as president.
“We are formally announcing that the tournaments organized by the Toby’s Youth Sports Foundation and Wilson Sports are withdrawing from the Philta calendar.” said Roberto Claudio, CEO of the Toby’s Youth Sports Foundation.
The foundation has been organizing the Toby’s Summer Tennis Festival, one of the largest age-group tennis competitions held every April and now on its 16th year.
"We believe this is the right thing to do given the lack of a clearly defined program by the current leadership of Philta which has caused the stagnation of the sport in the country," Claudio added.
Randy Villanueva, organizer of the annual Tru-Flex National Age-Group, announced that the 17-year old tournament is also pulling out from the Philta calendar and will join the new unified ranking system spearheaded by Cebuana Lhuillier and Palawan Pawnshop.
These succeeding withdrawals of top sponsors and tournament organizers are just the start of a series of protest actions by different tennis stakeholders on Andrada's insistence to retain the presidency after earlier announcing his intention to step down.