Randy Villanueva calls for Philta revamp, wants real stakeholders to run tennis association

ACTING Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) president Randy Villanueva stressed the need to reorganize the national sports association to make it a world-class organization.

Speaking during the Philippine Tennis Summit held at the Makati Sports Club last September 6, Villanueva said Philta should make changes by including the true stakeholders of the sport.

“There’s really a need to amend the organization if we are to become a world-class association. The association right now is being run by just 12 people who are not representative of any Philippine tennis stakeholders, region or clubs,” said Villanueva.

“I think it’s very important that we make it more inclusive to everyone and encourage more participation from the whole Philippine tennis community,” he added.

Villanueva spearheaded the Philippine Tennis Summit following a leadership crisis within Philta after the resignation of Paranaque City mayor Edwin Olivarez.

The Philta board elected Salvador ‘Buddy’ Andrada as president, supposedly, to serve the unexpired term of Olivarez until 2018 - a decision which was denounced by Villanueva, the vice president.

The International Tennis Federation has since sent a congratulatory message to Villanueva for his assumption as president that paved the way for the Philippine Tennis Summit attended by officials, athletes, and coaches.

Villanueva laid down goals that will make Philta a world-class organization by 2024, which includes training programs that will make way for a consistent supply of high-caliber Filipino tennis players.

By 2024, Villanueva said Philta must produce at least two Olympians, at least two players in the Top 100 of the ATP and WTA rankings, four juniors players in the Top 100 of the ITF boys and girls rankings, qualify for the Davis Cup and Fed Cub world group by 2024 in order to become world-class.

Philta chairman Jean Henri Lhuillier, who also attended the summit, is elated with the vision of Villanueva.

“It’s refreshing to have this Philippine Tennis Summit and hear the great plans of Villanueva to move forward Philippine tennis. As always, I’ll be here to support in whatever capacity I can to bring to fruition Philta’s plans,” said Lhuillier.


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