The Philippines got four wild cards in the main draw of the $15,000 International Tennis Federation Philippine Men’s Futures beginning today at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center in Manila.
Philippine Columbian Association champion Johnny Arcilla, Patrick John Tierro, Elbert Anasta and Filipino-Italian Marc Reyes are the recipients of the wild cards. So far, there are five Filipinos in the 32-man knockout stage counting former junior standout Jeson Patrombon, who went through a two-game qualifying phase before earning a spot.
The seeded players in the tournament are Benjamin Mitchell of Australia, Ti Chen of Taiwan, Suichi Sekiguchi of Japan, Roberto Ortega-Olmedo of Spain, Andrew Whittington of Australia, Ivo Klec of Slovakia, Karunuday Singh of India, Carlos Boluda-Purkiss of Spain and Jui-Chen Hung of Taiwan.
Also seeing action are Southeast Asian Games campaigners Kittiphong Wachiramanowong and Pruchya Isarow of Thailand, and Indonesian Christopher Rungkat, who ruled the men’s singles of the 2011 edition in Palembang, Indonesia.