The Philippine team will be without three key players when it plays Thailand in their Davis Cup tie starting this Friday even as AJ Lim issued a call for unity to the major tennis stakeholders.
Citing injuries, Fil-Ams Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales and Niño Alcantara begged off from joining the Bangkok trip, leaving Lim as the only remnant of the PH team that beat Indonesia early this year.
“Politics should be left to the politicians,” said Lim, who recently helped power University of the East to its breakthrough UAAP championship. “The sport is in bad shape now, and if they continue to quarrel nothing will happen to us.”
“Unity is very essential to the success of an organization so I hope our leaders will finally put their act together,” said the only member left in the PH team that beat Indonesia, 4-1.
Returning to the PH team are former No. 1 PJ Tierro and Jeson Alcantara.
Without Huey and Gonzales, Lim, 17, said it will be very difficult to beat the Thais in their own turf.
“Thais are also strong and without our veterans, it’s going to be a close call,” said Lim.
Lim, however, will use his UAAP feat as a motivation in their bid to beat the Thais for the second straight time since 2013.
The PH team holds a 4-1 advantage over Thailand in their Davis Cup duel.
“We are only three players in the team but we will do everything to hurdle the challenge,” said Lim, who made history last year when he became the youngest champion in the premier PCA Open at 16.