JESON Patrombon leads the cast of Filipinos vying in the PSC-Philta International Men’s Futures Open which kicks off on Tuesday at the Valle Verde Country Club.
Patrombon made it to the main draw after being ranked 1,204 in the world, while compatriots Francis Casey Alcantara, PJ Tierro, Johnny Arcilla, and teenage sensation AJ Lim were given wild card spots in the $15,000 tournament that has lured foreign entries being an International Tennis Federation (ITF)-sanctioned competition.
The 16-year-old Lim recently won the men’s title in the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open, Alcantara is coming off a victory in the Olivarez Open, while Arcilla captured the crown in the General Santos City Tuna Festival tennis competition.
Alcantara and Lim, and Arcilla and Tierro team up in the doubles competition after also being given wild card slots.
The tournament is organized by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Tennis Association, Pioneer Insurance, Babolat, Asian Tennis Federation and Philta president and Paranaque City mayor Edwin Olivarez.
“This is a good opportunity for our players to break into the pro circuit and earn world rankings,” Olivarez said. “I’m confident we can have a very good showing because we have a very promising bunch of players here.”
The tournament is also supported by Palm Rock Hotel, Sweet Valley, TCU Aircon sales and services, Globe, Beginnings Baby Products, The Henry Hotel, ROCD Roofworks, and the International Premier Tennis League.