Former national stars supporting tennis academy

Business Mirror
June 12, 2012

THE Philippine Tennis Academy (PTA) has been working quietly behind the scene with the primary objective of selecting young talents who could make the top 10 of the International Tennis Federation junior rankings.

Longtime tennis lovers and sports patrons Jean Henri Lhuillier, Oscar Hilado, Rommie Chan and Hanky Lee formed the PTA in August 2011 with an aim to train young and underprivileged talents from the countryside and give them the opportunity to use their skills to get out of poverty.

Former national players Felix Barrientos, Raymond Suarez and Roland So saw the program as their chance to give back to the sport and shared their experience to the young PTA talents.

Cagayan de Oro’s Roxanne Resma, Cabu’s Anthony Craig Pantino, Iligan City’s Khim Iglupas and Muntinlupa’s Tami Nguyen were the first group of trainees.

The young hopefuls, within a short period of time, have already shown promise in their chosen sport.

Resma is ranked No. 1 in the under-16 class and has represented the country in the Junior Federation Cup in Australia, while 11-year-old Pantino is already dominating the under-14 age group and also plays in the boy’s under-16 division.

Nguyen, a semifinalist in the 2010 Philippine Columbian Association Open, has earned a University of San Diego scholarship, while Iglupas is currently the country’s best in the girls’s under-14 division.

Individually, we have been sponsoring players in the past and we felt it was time to pool our resources together with Nino Alcantara as our first project,” said Chan.

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