PCA Open unfolds today in Paco

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(From left) Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open Organizing Committee Vice-Chairman Raffy S. Diaz, Chairman Raul C. Diaz, Cebuana Lhuillier Chairman Ambassador  Philippe Jones Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier President/CEO Jean Henri D. Lhuillier, PCA President Philip S. Ycasiano and PCA Open Tournament Director Chito G. Estanislao.  Contributed photo

(From left) Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open Organizing Committee Vice-Chairman Raffy S. Diaz, Chairman Raul C. Diaz, Cebuana Lhuillier Chairman Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier President/CEO Jean Henri D. Lhuillier, PCA President Philip S. Ycasiano and PCA Open Tournament Director Chito G. Estanislao. Contributed photo

The country’s top tennis players will be battling for supremacy as the prestigious Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open 33rd edition presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings gets underway today at the PCA indoor shell clay courts in Paco, Manila.

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The junior netters get things started today and will play until November 9, while competitors in the Inter-Collegiate event prepare to battle it out on November 7, 8 and 23.

Seeing action in the boys’ division are Miguel Luis Vicencio, Daniel Estanislao 3rd, Janus Ringia, Marcus del Rosario, Raphael Teng, Cenon Gonzales Jr., Julian Dayrit and Vince Salas while Hannah Espinosa, Jzash Canja, Monica Cruz, Erika Manduriao, Blanche Cruz, Rafaella Jean Villanueva, Carlyn Guarde and Miles Vitaliano showcase their skills on the girls’ side.

Eight-time champion Johnny Arcilla is far from done as he sets his sight on lucky number nine when the main draw begins on November 15. The 34-year old veteran may be an early favorite, but he cannot afford to rely on experience alone. Not with a strong field gunning for his men’s crown.

Among the challengers are Patrick John Tierro, the country’s no. 1 ranked tennis player, Filipino-Italian Marc Anthony Reyes, Alberto Lim Jr., Leander Lazaro, Elbert Anasta, Rolando Ruel Jr. and Jeson Patrombon.

Marian Jade Capadocia has the same target on her back as she prepares to defend her title in the women’s division.

The powerhouse Patrimonio sisters—Anna Christine and Anna Clarice—remain a force reckon with. along with standouts Khim Iglupas, Edilyn Balanga and Maika Tanpoco.

But it’s not all about the veterans, PCA chairman Raul Diaz stressed. With a whopping P600,000 up for grabs, the competition is fierce.
“The stakes are definitely higher this year. I know we say it every year and it’s true every time because the caliber of athletes is getting better and better. Even the more experienced players notice how gritty the newcomers are. There’s a new breed of athletes that are steadily working their way up. That’s the beauty of this sport, there’s always room to grow,” Diaz expressed.

The Pro-Am, Inter Club and Executive team events are slated on November 15 in the tournament supported by Cebuana Pera Padala, Micro Insurance, Phiten, Just Jewels, Cebuana Micro Insurance, Hon. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Dunlop, Fujidenzo/Whirlpool, Babolat, Head, Accel, Malate Bayview Mansion, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc., Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company Inc., Seno Hardware, Standard Insurance, United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI and GMA 7.

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