• Alcantara out in Australian Open playoff

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    Francis Casey Alcantara FILE PHOTO

    Francis Casey Alcantara FILE PHOTO

    Filipinos Francis Casey Alcantara missed the chance of playing in the 2017 Australian Open after losing in the quarterfinal round of the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off tournament held at the Zhuhai Hengqin International Tennis Center in Guangdong, China.

    Alcantara bowed to fifth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India, 4-6, 1-6, sending the Indian to the semifinal round where he will face tournament top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

    Top players from the Asia-Pacific region are competing in this tour­-nament to earn a wild card in the main draw of next year’s Australian Open scheduled on January 16 to 29 in Melbourne.

    PNA

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