Young tennis talents dreaming big dreams

THESE young tennis talents may be young, but they dream big dreams.

Arthur Pantino, 11, and Khim Iglupas, 13, are two of the young tennis players training under the Philippine Tennis Academy, whose goal is to produce top Filipino players in tennis to follow the path taken by Felix Barrientos in the 1980s and new star Nino Alcantara, who is now enjoying a tennis scholarship in the United States.

Both Pantino and Iglupas, who hail from Leyte and Iligan respectively, share the same dream—they want to play in Grand Slam tournaments, particularly in the Wimbledon, and with the help of the PTA, they may just realize their dreams.

The two are training full time in Alabang under a home-study course, with a coaching staff led by Jun Toledo, guiding them.

“We patterned our training program from that of Spain, where we look at developing a player as a whole and not on a compartmentalized basis even at a young age. We will also be sending them regularly abroad to compete in the Asian Tennis Federation and eventually in International Tennis Federation tournaments. We are also aiming to get athletic scholarships for them with American colleges,” said PTA program director Andy Maglipon.

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