Tennis great backs Lhuillier's Philta bid

MANILA, Philippines – Longtime Philippine tennis patron and Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) presidential aspirant Jean Henri Lhuillier has found an additional ally in former Philippine tennis king Felix Barrientos.

In a statement, the bemedalled Barrientos—who led the Philippine Davis Cup Team to the World Group Playoffs in 1991 against Sweden and won three gold medals in men's tennis competition of the 1991 Manila Southeast Asian games—said that Lhuillier possesses the qualities and values worthy of leading the national tennis association to greater heights.

"Global tennis associations govern themselves in the principles of transparency and fair conduct. Associations like the United States Tennis Association or the Lawn Tennis Association of Britain espouse such values in the interest of continuously discovering, developing and harnessing the talents of its tennis players on a sustainable basis. I believe Philippine tennis can embody such a culture which can serve the best interest of every tennis player and further create a culture of fair play that sets a fine example for future tennis players. I believe Jean Henri espouses these very same values and I support his endeavor for tennis in our country. I believe he will be a great Philta president if given the opportunity, said Barrientos."

Lhuillier, for his part, welcomed Barrientos’ backing.

"It's gratifying to be endorsed by someone like Felix who is an icon in Philippine tennis. Him speaking up just shows that the real stakeholders of Philippine tennis really want positive change. This makes me even more motivated to continue fighting this good fight for the sake of tennis in the Philippines,” said Lhuillier.

Meanwhile, Head became the latest company to withdraw support from PHILTA and join the Unified Tennis Group calendar, which is composed of 122 tournaments that have withdrawn its support from Philta.

Head, which has been organizing tennis events for 18 years now, withdrew 12 of their Philta events held nationwide.

"We have been very fervent in this cause and still pledge to support young athletes. However, with the recent turn of events this past few months, we would like to withdraw from the Philta calendar and support the call for a unified tennis community for the betterment of the sport,” said Liza Tang-Yuquico, managing director of Dynamic Sport/Head Philippines.

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