Manila Standard – PTA trainees dominate Andrada tilt

By MST Sports | Posted on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:01am

Whatever the Philippine Tennis Academy is doing in training some of the sports’ young hopefuls, it must be working well if the results of the recently concluded Buddy Andrada Age-Group Tennis Cup will be used as basis.

The PTA is a private sector initiative started in August of 2011 by tennis patrons Jean Henri Lhuillier, Oscar Hilado, Rommis Chan, and Hanky Lee, with the involvement of former tennis great Felix Barrientos, Roland So and Reymund Suarez, with former national player Jun Toledo as head coach for the PTA training program.

With its objective of identifying young talents in the provinces and training them, the PTA has selected three athletes, Iggy Pantino from Ormoc, Leyte and now in the United States for training and competition; Cagayan de Oro native Roxanne Mae Resma, and Kim Iglupas, who hails from Tubod, Iligan City, as regular trainees.

The academy also helps other young hopefuls like Bryan Otico from Bukidnon, Jan Godfrey Sen from from Cebu, Nicole Amistad from Tuguegarao and recent trainees Rafa Villanueva and Stefan Suarez in their training.

The 15-year-old Resma ruled both the 16-under and 18-under age groups, beating teammate Iglupas in the 16-under, while besting Isabella Orteza in the 18-under, while Otico went home with the 14-under boys’ crown. Suarez copped the 16-under title.

“It must be our all-day training in the PTA. We train our athletes six hours a day, six days a week. The training covers all aspects of the game, from the physical side to the mental side. Discipline is a must for the athletes, otherwise they get out of the program, “ said Toledo.

For this year, the PTA will evaluate their trainees from their last year’s performance and the improvement areas and how they were able to address said areas, before deciding on who to send abroad where they can compete.


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