TOP junior netter Alberto ‘AJ’ Lim, Jr. has been named as the newest member of the Philippine Davis Cup team that will go up against long-time rival Indonesia in their much-awaited showdown in February at the Philippine Columbia Association (PCA) tennis courts in Paco, Manila.
Lim said he’s honored to be a part of what he described as a ‘great team.’
“I will do everything to help the team reach its goal. This is for the country so I need to play very hard,” he said.
Lim’s selection as the youngest member of the team was a testament to his growing stature as one of the rising stars of the sport.
A freshman at the University of the East, Lim is currently ranked No. 52 in world junior rankings.
At 17, Lim has already beaten some of the country’s top players in winning the PCA Open title last year to become the tournament’s youngest champion,
Lim, who was 16 then, beat PJ Tierro in the final, (6-5, 7-6 (7-5), eight-time champion Johnny Arcilla in the semis ((7-5, 4-6, 6-1), and Francis Casey Alcantara in the quarters ((7-6 (7-6), 3-6, 6-3).
During the French Open last May, Lim scored a stunning 6-3, 6-1 win over American third seed Ulises Blanch.
Aside from Lim, Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) secretary-general Romeo Magat said the other members of the team are Fil-Am Treat Huey, Ruben Gonzales, and Alcantara.
Martin Misa has also been tapped by Philta president Buddy Andrada as PH Davis Cup administrator while Karl Santamaria as team captain.