DENISE Tan isn’t ruling out a comeback, but it may take a while before a club can lure her away from the commentary box and back onto the court.
Not a few league insiders believe Tan can still hold a candle against the current crop of setters, but the former University of Santo Tomas star believes she is a more a capable broadcaster than player at the moment.
“You know what, marami na ang nagtatanong sa akin niyan,” Tan told Spin.ph when asked about a possible return to the playing court.
Tan was one of the stars at a time when volleyball was starting to regain its popularity in the late 2000s. While she has retreated to a broadcasting job by joining Sports5's coverage of the Philippine Super Liga, her batchmates like Angeli Tabaquero continue to shine in the league.
She's enjoying the job too much to think about any comeback.
“As of the moment, wala pa talaga,” Tan replied. “But I’m not going to close the door and say never. But I’m enjoying my time with TV5. At wala na ako sa kundisyon. I think I can do better as an analyst than as a setter.”
She has been told that teams will always have room for a taller setter like her, but she simply can't commit because of her busy schedule. Aside from her broadcasting work, she also owns an events management company.
“I’ve heard from a few players saying na they are interested in me again especially because of my height. Not a lot of teams have a tall setter,” Tan said.
“Hindi kaya ng schedule ko. Aside from Sports5, I also have my business. Hindi kaya ’yung everyday training.”
Not surprisingly, Tan is having a blast with Sports5 since the job is right down her alley.
“Ever since naman, it’s my course. I’m a communication arts graduate at UST. Ever since, I’ve always loved being in front of the camera, talk to people, and getting to know them.
“Tapos now, I’m now into sports. Parang that’s two things that I love, volleyball and broadcasting.”