Cebu hosts C. Lhuillier age group tennis
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MORE than 50 out-of- town participants will be seeing action in the last leg of the Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group tennis tournament on Oct. 28 to 30 at the Consolacion Tennis Courts.
The tournament has been running for six years in 17 venues in the country-- Butuan, Surigao, Bais, Bohol, Ormoc, Kalibo, Marbel, Kidapawan, Iligan, Marawi, Ozamis, Banay-banoy, Davao Oriental, Tubod, Davao City, Camiguin, Cagayan De Oro and Gingoong.

This is the first time that the age group tennis tournament will have a leg in Cebu, which is hosted by the Cebu International Tennis Centre Inc. (CITCI).
“Actually, during the Cebuana Lhuillier men’s open last April, we approached CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier and asked him if he can bring the age group tournament in Cebu next year kay tungod nagsugod naman gud ang series,” CITCI president Ken Salimbangon told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview.
Salimbangon added that Lhuillier at first thought that there were a lot of age group tournaments in Cebu, that was why they didn’t bother to include it since Cebuana Lhuillier focuses on areas that don’t have many tournaments but has a lot of potential players.

“We told Lhuillier that we don’t have much organized age group tournaments in Cebu and that we are requesting if Cebu can be included in their next year’s series but to my surprise, he said that they will include Cebu this year,” Salimbangon said.

This Group 2 Philta-sanctioned tournament is the highest-ranked tournament for the provinces with 120 points going to the winners of the age groups. The categories are the 10-Under unisex, and the 12-Under, 14-Under, 16-Under and 18-Under divisions for boys and girls.

This tournament has discovered the likes of Nino Alcantara, the only Filipino junior grand slam winner; Jeson Patrombon, the recent finalist at the Mitsubishi Age Group Tennis Tournament; and top ranked teens Titan Llavorre and Dimples Resma.

Registration fee is P300 and the deadline for signing up is today at 6 p.m.


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