After nearly two decades, the Philippines will be hosting a $15,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Men’s Futures tournament on March 26 to 30 at the newly refurbished Rizal Memorial Tennis Center in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Filipino-Americans Treat Conrad Huey and Ruben Gonzales will spearhead the country’s campaign in the tournament, which is expected to draw participants from neighboring countries including Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The 28-year-old Huey reached the quarterfinals of the prestigious 2014 Australian Open and 2013 US Open doubles event with longtime partner Dominic Inglot of Great Britain.
Besides Huey and Gonzales, also seeing action are Patrick John Tierro, Johnny Arcilla, Elbert Anasta, Marc Reyes, among others.
The tournament will serve as warm up event for Huey, Gonzales, Tierro and Arcilla, who are scheduled to resume their campaign in the 2014 Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group II tie on April 4 to 6 when the Philippines battles Pakistan in the second round.
According to Philippine Lawn Tennis Association Secretary Loida Mallare, the last time the Philippines hosted an ITF Futures was in 1996.
The qualifying round will be held on March 23 to 25.
“Players should first secure their lifetime ITF IPIN number. No player will be allowed to play by ITF Supervisor, Mr. Puneet Gupta, without this ITF IPIN,” Mallare said.