Lhuillier backs Huey's Olympics bid in tennis


Philippine tennis patron Jean Henri Lhuillier (left) is lending support to Treat Huey in his bid to qualify for the Olympics doubles event.

Fresh from the successful campaign of the Cebuana Lhuillier - Philippine Davis Cup Team in the Davis Cup, Philippine tennis patron Jean Henri Lhuillier is now setting his sights on helping top Filipino netter Treat Huey in his bid to qualify for the Olympics doubles event slated this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lhuillier has been supporting the international campaign of Huey for several years and is very excited for the possibility of Huey making it to Rio with another Filipino partner, either Ruben Gonzales or Francis Casey Alcantara.

"This is a once in a lifetime chance and I'm confident Treat will give it his best shot. It's going to be difficult but I believe that he has what it takes to make it happen. He has been playing very well this year.

Without the benefit of another Filipino ranked in the world rankings, Huey's chance hinges on making it to the top 10 of the world rankings for him to qualify and bring with him Alcantara or Gonzales to the Olympics.

Huey made it to the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles and quarterfinals of the men's doubles. He also won the title in Acapulco and is currently number 30 in World doubles rankings.

Lhuillier, who is also President of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) is also eyeing an Olympics berth for the RP Blu Girls should softball be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Source: sports.abs-cbn.com