PH junior’s team braces for ATF, ITF tilts

Date Published: July 26, 2019

Unified Tennis Philippines (UTP) president Jean Henri Lhuillier is confident of the 2019 National Juniors Tennis team’s chances in the upcoming tournaments of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

“We at UTP are proud to support some of the country’s youngest tennis players who have stepped up to the challenge of playing in the international tennis scene. I am confident that these tennis prodigies will make us all proud,” Lhuillier said.

Lhuillier is hopeful that the members of the team will duplicate the feats of UTP national juniors players Alex and Miko Eala who reached the finals of the AGS-ITF in Indonesia, as well as, Sarawak 13th ATF 14 and under series winners Johndy Velez in the Boys’ Singles category, Rupert Tortal and Brent Cortes in the Boys’ Doubles category, and Alexa Milliam in the Girls’ Singles and Doubles categories in Malaysia last year.

TUTP National Juniors Team is just one of the programs that Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier are supporting. Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier are also supporting the international campaign of Philippine top players’ and world-class doubles specialists Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales while continuously organizing the more than a decade long age-group tennis circuit.

The new breed of UTP national juniors tennis players include Exequiel Jucutan, Joewyn Pascua, Alexa Milliam, and Marielle Jarata who will represent the country in the ATF 14 and under series from September 2 to 8, 2019 in Sarawak, Malaysia.

National juniors tennis players John David Velez, Eric Tangub, Jose Antonio Tria, Matthew Garcia, Sydney Enriquez, Macie Carlos, Bliss Bayking, and Denise Bernardo will also compete in the ITF Grade 5 from October 1 to 6, 2019 in Selangor, Malaysia.

UTP announced that the selection for the 2020 National Team will end on May 31, 2020. The criteria are based on players who will finish in the top two of the Boys and Girls 14-,16-, and 18-and-under categories. However, players are now required to have at least competed in five local UTP-sanctioned tournaments.

UTP is supported by Cebuana Lhuillier Micro Savings, Palawan Pawnshop, Dunlop, Unilab, STI, Navegar, Madison Galeries Life Style Mall, Chris Sports, and Toby’s.