3 PH bets begin campaign in ITF junior meet


Three young Filipino junior netters will be donning the national colors in the 2017 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championships being held at the National Tennis Development Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

Veteran international campaigners John Bryan Decasa Otico and Arthur Craig Pantino will be leading the country’s campaign in the Grade Four tournament along with Filipino-Spanish Diego Garcia Dalisay.

Otico and Pantino are the top two seeds, enabling them to earn an opening-round byes.

The unheralded Dalisay, on the other hand, needed to win against Chuang Hsing-Yu of Taiwan (6-1, 6-1) to advance to the second round.

The top-ranked Otico will be facing wild card Natthayyut Nithithanont of Thailand, a 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (2) winner over Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli of India while the second-seeded Pantino has Muhammad Althad Dhaifullah of Indonesia as second-round foe.

Dhaifullah blasted Liu Kun of Taiwan, 6-1,6-3.

Dalisay needs to bring his A-game when he battles 13th pick Zheng Yanjie of China, who secured a first-round bye.

In doubles, Otico and Pantino – the top-seeded tandem – go up against Sumitpal Singh and Dipin Wadhwa of India in the second round.

The Indian pair posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kai Wai Yu of Hong Kong and Yuan Zihao of China.

Dalisay and Stephan Lhuillier, however, failed to advance to the next round after suffering a 4-6, 4-6 loss to Thai pair Pasawee Reansuwong and Kasidit Samrej.

Otico and former doubles partner Seita Watanabe of Japan are fresh from runner-up finish in doubles of the 2017 Asian Junior Tennis Championships held at the Balewadi Sports Complex Shivaji Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India.

Otico and Watanabe ruled the doubles of the 2017 China Junior ITF Tournament in Beijing, China in May.


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