• Record field vies in Olivarez Cup

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    The Olivarez Cup Open 2015 roster continues to swell one week before the blue-ribbon tennis championship is held with hundreds of players from other regions confirming participation in the event firing off on July 31 at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.

    Four hundred eighty players have so far entered in the juniors category while the centerpiece Open division has lured 300 aces all primed up for a battle royale with the best in the fold for top honors, ranking points and prize money.

    “We are humbled and inspired by the response of the players, especially those coming from the far-flung provinces who are all raring to pit their talent and skills against the best in the Big City,” said Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

    With Palawan Pawnshop as chief backer and the Dunlop All Clay Court as the official ball, the Olivarez Cup also features the juniors age-group, inter-collegiate, interclub and the centerpiece men’s and women’s Open singles and doubles events.

    “Through the years, it has been the commitment of Palawan Pawnshop to develop our players by providing top-notch tournaments like this,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

    Davis Cuppers Johnny Arcilla, PJ Tierro and Francis Casey Alcantara banner the field in the men’s Open singles of the Group I tournament jointly backed by Rep. Eric Olivarez and Dr. Pablo Olivarez as part of the family’s long-time commitment to develop the sport and help in the talent-search.

    Others seeing action are Jurence Mendoza, Elberto Anasta and Rolando Ruel Jr. and top juniors Albert Lim Jr. and Eric Jed Olivarez Jr. while Marian Jade Capadocia and Clarice Patrimonio, on the other hand, headline the women’s Open singles field that also includes Marinel Rudas, Edilyn Balanga, Jzash Canja, Maia Balce, Khim Iglupas and Samantha Coyiuto.

    Focus will also be on the girls’ Under 14 and U-16 categories where the winners will represent the country in the WTA Future Stars Tournament featuring some of the top juniors in Asia-Pacific on October 20-27 in Singapore.

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