TOP junior players from a Hong Kong tennis academy see action in the Palawan Pawnshop-OTR regional age-group tennis tournament starting on Thursday at the Consolacion Tennis Courts in Laray, Cebu.
Siblings Danny and Jose McLaren and Grace Xu, three of the top rated players from On The Rise, a leading tennis academy in Hong Kong, are set to play against some of the leading junior players and rising stars in the Cebu meet.
Also vying for honors in the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine tennis Association and hosted by Consolacion Mayor Teresita Alegado are NCR’s Jerome Romualdez, Sebastian Lhuillier and Diego Dayrit, Bacolod’s Fernando Arguelles, Pete Rodriguez and Reynan Mahusay, Dumaguete’s Bernd Haft and Elmer Lagat, Mindanao’s Alfred Directo and Michael Ivan Cari of Leyte.
“This promises to be an interesting tournament, a showdown of the top junior players from Hong Kong and our best from various regions,” said Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Others set to play in the five-day tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Babolat are Puerto Princesa’s Amelie Matta, Philippe Boulas, Joshua Pacini and Ezra Ravacio and home bets Cesar Salimbangon and Kristin Salimbangon along with Jana Pages, Shyne Villareal, Zethley Alferes, Harland Hogan, Francis Lambayan, Jace Christian Unto, Joshua Kinaadman.
“We are very thankful to Philta and Palawan Pawnshop for bringing this tournament here. The municipality of Consolacion is fully supporting this event and we are offering all our sports facilities to all participants,” said Alegado.
Events on tap in the 19th leg of the circuit are the 10-under unisex division, and the boys and girls’ 12-U, 14-U, 16-U and 18-U categories.
“We have invited our local players and those from the nearby towns and provinces to join this Group 2 tournament for ranking points and exposure. We hope to host more of this in the region,” said Philta regional vice president Ken Salimbangon.