The future is bright for tennis player Alberto Lim Jr., who has been dominating the international scene at a very young age.
To attest to it, the 15-year-old Lim has already won six titles – two singles and four doubles – this year. He ruled the singles and doubles of the ITF Junior 1 in Chardigarh, India and the Delhi ITF Juniors in New Delhi, India both held in January.
Recently, Lim dominated the doubles of the Grade 1 ITF Junior Tennis Championships in Sarawak, Malaysia and the Asian Closed Junior Championship in New Delhi, India with Vietnamese partner Nam Hoang Ly.
“My main focus right now is to be in the Top 10 at the end of the year. It’s going to be a tough climb but I am determined to do it with the help of my foreign coaches,” said Lim, currently ranked 49th in the world.
Early this year, Lim has been selected to be part of the 12-member (six boys and six girls) ITF world team supported by the ITF-Grand Slam Development Fund (ITF-GSDF). The ITF-GSDF will finance the participation of the team in major tournaments in Europe including the prestigious French Open in June and the Wimbledon Championship in July.
“Nag-apply po ako para mapasama sa team. Marami po talaga ang nag-apply pero I’m lucky that I’m one of the qualified players based dun sa rankings. So natanggap po ako and I’m honored to be part of it,” narrated Lim.
“Yung ibang kasama ko from Taiwan, Argentina, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, South Korea, Belarus and India kaya I’m so overwhelmed. I’ll just do my best to prove na deserving ako sa slot na ibinigay sa akin,” he added.
Before the French Open, Lim will be competing in two Grade 1 events in Italy – the 37th Torneo Città Di Santa Croce Mauro Sabatini in Santa Croce and the 56th Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan.
These tournaments will provide a fair gauge on how he will perform in the French Open few weeks from now.
“Parehong clay yung tournaments sa Italy kaya magandang preparation yun para sa French Open. Halos lahat ng sasali sa French Open kasali rin dun. Malalakas talaga. Magandang chance to scout and learn from them,” Lim stressed.
Besides campaigning in juniors, the incoming freshman at University of the East also wants to test his skills in some ITF Men’s Futures tournaments. In September, the Philippines will be hosting a two-leg ITF Futures in Manila.
“I’m also looking forward to that but right now, my focus is these tournaments in Europe. One at a time lang,” he said.