ATP Challenger Philippines Continues Rise of Philippine Tennis

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Philippine tennis is experiencing a renaissance the last couple of year thanks to the untiring efforts and support of Philippine tennis patron Jean Henri Lhuillier and his company Cebuana Lhuillier.

After funding the ITF Men's Futures tournament as well as co-owning the Philipine Mavericks in the International Premiere Tennis League (IPTL) last year, Lhuillier, just recently, helped an ATP Challenger tournament happen again in the country after 22 years.

The ATP Challenger paraded world-class players such as former world number 8 Mikhail Youzhny who captured the singles title as well 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion Frederik Nielsen who won the doubles title with partner Johan Brunstrom of Sweden.

"Hosting the ATP Challenger was an opportunity that was too good to pass so I did everything possible to make it happen. It's definitely a big boost to Philippine tennis as it provided our players the opportunity to pit their skills against world-class players and see where they stand against the world's best. Nino Alcantara's finals run in the doubles shows that our players have what it takes to become world-beaters if given the right opportunities."

Philippine tennis is definitely in the upswing with Alcantara's doubles title partnership with Johnny Arcilla in last year's Men's Futures and his finals run in the ATP Challenger with an Indonesian partner, Treat Huey's excellent performance in the Australian Open and AJ Lim's surge in the world junior rankings, among others.