THE Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippine Davis Cup squad vowed to make the home fans proud as it goes up against Chinese Taipei on Friday in the second round of the Asia/Oceania Group Two tie at the Philippine Columbian Association courts in Paco, Manila.
Non-playing team captain Karl Santamaria said the Filipino Cuppers are out to defend the home turf and determined to put on a performance for the local fans to take pride and enjoy.
“We will do our part (for fans to come out and watch) by giving them something to cheer about, that I will guarantee to give them something they can be proud of,” he said. “Hopefully, a win can come with it.”
Philippine Tennis Association chairman Jean Henri Lhuillier is confident about the team’s chances based on the players' recent showing.
Treat Huey is coming off a semifinal appearance in the Wimbeldon men's doubles with Max Mirnyi, while Ruben Gonzales recently won an ITF Futures tournament in France. Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon are also making strides in the Asian circuit.
The Philippine team will go up against Chinese Taipei, which will be led by Chen Ti, ranked No. 226 in singles and No. 140 in doubles, in the event sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier, Philippine Sports Commission, Yonex as official outfitter and Toby’s Sports as official stringer.
Chen will also be joined by Hung Jui-chen, Wang Chieh-fu and Juang Liang-chi.
The matches will be determined on Thursday at 10 a.m. in a draw ceremony at the PCA courts, and the winner of the tie will face either Vietnam or Thailand for promotion to Group One.