Despite the scrapping of tennis in the SEA Games in Myanmar next month, the country’s top players will have the chance to compete against the region’s best when they see action in the Southeast Asian Invitational Tennis Championships starting on Sunday in Bangkok.
Former Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) president and now Philippine Sports Commissioner Salvador Andrada said the lawn tennis associations of the region decided to organize the tournament so that the time and effort their players spent during their training would not be put to waste.
More than that, they will slug it out for the bragging rights as the region’s premier tennis nation.
Fil-Am Conrad Treat Huey and Fil-German Katrina Lenhert will spearhead of the country’s men’s and women’s teams.
Aside from Huey and Lenhert, also leaving today for Bangkok are Arcilla, Partick John Tierro, Ruben Gonzales, Marian Jade Capadocia, Clarizze Patrimonio and Edilyn Balanga.
Except for new member East Timor, all SEA Games members will be fielding a team in the tournament.
“Since tennis will not be played in Myanmar, it’s better for them to play in this tournament to harness their skills and gain additional experience in preparation for next year tournaments,” said Andrada.