‘Bionic Boy’ gives back

Publication: Business Mirror
Section: Sports
Page: A7
Date: July 1, 2012

FELIX BARRIENTOS, one of the most successful Filipino tennis players during his prime in the 1980s when he earned the nickname ‘Bionic Boy’ for playing continuous matches as a junior, was named as one of the trustees of the Philippine Tennis Academy (PTA).

“I am just glad to be able to help Philippine tennis. I believe there has been no cohesive program like this and the people behind PTA have no vested interests, they are doing it for the seer love of the sport,” said Barrientos, now a private banker based in Singapore.

As a trustee of the PTA, his role is to share his knowledge as an international tennis player and impart his knowledge based on his long experience as a national player.

“I have to help our young players compete on the global stage just as we were during our time. I also need to help the PTA be a self-sustaining program by connecting it with the corporate world. This is a long-term program and so far, the private sector has shown significant interest,” said Barrientos.

The PTA was launched last year with Jean Henri Lhuillier, Oscar Hilado, Rommie Chan, and Hanky Lee at the helm in pursuing its objective of identifying and training young talents in the countryside.

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