Over 200 age groupers from the host province, the Big City and nearby towns slug it out for top honors in various divisions as the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis tournament shifts to Cavite starting today at the Imus and Mabolo Tennis Club.
Blanche Lagrisola, Gab Zoleta, Cindy Nuguit and Christy Sanosa banner the girls’ 16- and 18-and-under divisions with the young but talented Zoleta also leading the 14-U roster of the Group 5 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop with Slazenger as presentor.
This marks the first time that Imus Tennis Club will host a ranking tournament with ITC president Robert Bautista guaranteeing a successful staging of the four-day event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.
“This is a big boost to local tennis and to the youth of Imus, Cavite. We thank Palawan Pawnshop and we expect to be a regular stop of the longest-running age-grouper in the country that has been the breeding ground of tennis talents,” said Bautista, a former Palarong Pambansa champion from La Salle-Taft.
Marcus del Rosario and Stefano Guria, along with Joseph Geluz, Laurenz Quitara, Joseph Saraza and Jenric Guanzon are the players to watch in the boys’ 18-U class while Geluz and Quitara together with Angelo Aparte, Athan Arejola and Jester Ocio head the 16-U field, which both drew 32-player rosters.
“With such a huge field, we expect new faces to emerge, particularly from the hosts, as we continue to help in discovering fresh talents,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Guria, Keno Enriquez and siblings Shant and Samuel Nuguit lead the boys’ 14-U section while the chase in the 12-U sides will be headed by Julia Ignacio, Aira Nuguit, Joy Jacob and Maureen Pila (girls), and Kidlat Estogero, JT Bernardo and the Nuguits (boys).