Junior netters join in the Cebuana Lhuillier–Tubod leg tennis tourney

Friday 20th of April 2012

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, April 20 – More than 100 young players from Northern Mindanao participated in the Tubod leg of the Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Tennis Championships 2012 series.

The tennis tournament which runs from April 17 to 19, 2012 is being held at the sprawling Mindanao Civic Center sports complex, in the capital town of Tubod.

This is the second time that Cebuana Lhuillier is holding an elimination round in this fast-rising province.

In terms of number of participants, Tubod has one of the highest number of entries.

"This could probably be due to the solid support given by the provincial local government unite (LGU) to its tennis program which explains why we have a lot of tennis players here," Tournament Director Mario Crais noted.

The Visayas-Mindanao tournament is currently on its eighth year and boasts of top-seeded players who started excelling in this regional tilt and later on went on to become international star players, like Niño Alcantara of Cagayan de Oro City and Jeson Patrombon from Iligan. Patrombon is currently the highest ranked junior player in Asia.

To encourage young netters to actively compete in the sport, the provincial government has allowed free registration for all players from Lanao del Norte. The provincial LGU has also provided free meals and accommodation for tournament officials.

Participants from out-of-town are also given free accommodation within the tournament venue.

"I am encouraging everybody to keep on playing tennis. This is one of the best sports. I am also very thankful to the provincial government especially Governor Dimaporo for his continued support to the sport," expressed Crais.

A total of 78 netters came from the host province while 25 players came from the cities of Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Ozamis, Gingoog, Malaybalay, Marawi, Tangub, Aurora, and nearby provinces.

The provincial government through its Sports Coordinator Nelson Lasola lauded Cebuana Lhuillier for taking an active role in promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports.

Other legs of the Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Tennis Series include Kidapawan, Midsayap, Iligan, Marawi, Ozamis, Mambajao, Butuan, Surigao, Ubay, Ormoc, Bais, Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog, and Consolacion. (Vincent N. Labial/PIO-LDN-PIA 10)


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