Huey begins Paribas Open campaign

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Filipino-American Treat Conrad Huey will resume his ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour campaign in the prestigious BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells beginning today at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.

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The 30-year-old netter, however, will be playing with a new partner in Martin Klizan of Slovakia. They will be facing the four-seeded pair of Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Bruno Soares of Brazil in the first round.

Huey’s former partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus has Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria as tandem this time in the tournament which offers a whopping $336,920 to the doubles champion and 1,000 ATP ranking points while the runners-up stand to receive $164,420 and 600 points.

The other notable names in the draw are Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka and India’s Mahesh Bhupathi, American John Isner and Canadian Milos Raonic, France duo Richard Gasquet and Benoit Paire, and top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania.

Recently, Huey and Mirnyi won the ATP World Tour-Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, Mexico.

Huey also steered the national men’s tennis team to a 5-0 win against Kuwait in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II tie held at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City.

He connived with former Australian Open juniors doubles champion Francis Casey Alcantara in winning the crucial doubles match against Kuwaitis Abdulrahman Alawadhi and Abdulhamid Mubarak, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

EMIL C. NOGUERA

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