The national tennis team will be leaving on Thursday to compete in the 2013 Southeast Asian Championships at the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT) tennis center in Bangkok, Thailand.
Filipino-Americans Treat Conrad Huey and Ruben Gonzales will be in the forefront of the country’s campaign in the men’s division. Joining them are Johnny Arcilla and Patrick John Tierro.
Seeing action in the women’s class are Filipino-German Katha¬rina Lehnert, Marian Jade Capa¬docia, Anna Clarice Patrimonio and Edilyn Balanga.
The tournament will run from No¬vember 22 to 27. Five gold medals—men/women singles, men/women doubles and team events—are up for grabs in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tennis Federation.
The Myanmar Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee scrap¬ped tennis in the calendar of events in the biennial meet scheduled on December 11 to 22 in Nay Pyi Taw, prompting the LTAT to stage the Southeast Asian Championships.
In the 2011 SEA Games tennis event, Indonesia won four golds, two silver and three bronzes followed by Thailand with two golds, three silvers and four bronzes, Philippines with one gold, two silver and three bronzes, Vietnam with three bronzes and Cambodia with one bronze.
Myanmar failed to win a single medal.
Huey and Denise Dy clinched the Philippines’ lone gold in the mixed-doubles category.