Martes, Setyembre 20, 2016

PhilTA Officials gathers in an effort to make a world-class tennis association for the Philippines

During the Philippine Tennis Summit on September 6, stakeholders, including tennis coaches, players, parents, sponsors, regional representatives and PhilTA officials, among others, along with members of the media, gathered at the Makati Sports Club where issues on Philippine tennis were brought forth. Villanueva, one of the individuals who spearheaded the gathering, presented the current state of Philippine tennis, citing the need to improve the country’s standing in international competitions, increase the number of tennis players in the country, and attract them to become members of the national tennis association that represents the International Tennis Federation in the Philippines, among others.

Way back in high school i used to play tennis in our University since then i haven't heard much about Tennis specially here in the Philippines and only in foreign news. Now having inviting in the PHILTA event made me realize and awakens me that even in Tennis there's a lot of issues and politics inside it. I do believe that talking about it within the people who manages Philippine Tennis Association can be settled instead of barking outside the organization. We should aim the goodness and prosperity of our country in representing the best players to the sports competitions.

Promoting reform in Philippine tennis, Randy Villanueva, PHILTA's acting President, organized the Philippine Tennis Summit that gathered local stakeholders of tennis to discuss the present state of the industry and identified action plans towards its improvement. One of those elated to hear Villanueva’s vision for Philippine tennis is sports patron and PhilTA chairman of the board, Jean Henri Lhuillier.
“There’s really a need to amend the organization if we are to become a world-class association. The association right now is being run by just 12 people who do not represent any Philippine tennis stakeholders, region or clubs. I think it’s very important that we make it more inclusive to everyone and encourage more participation from the whole Philippine tennis community.” ~Randy Villanueva
PHILTA with Randy Villanueva, PHILTA's acting President

Some of the famous tennis players those with remarkable achievements in their career I've known all time are Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova, Andre Agassi. And all I've known in the Philippines is Felicisimo Ampon, I do believe we have a lot of potential to be known in the sports world all over the world and one of its categories is Tennis.
“It’s refreshing to have this Philippine Tennis Summit and hear the great plans of Villanueva to move forward Philippine tennis. As always, I’ll be here to support in whatever capacity I can to bring to fruition PhilTA’s plans.” ~PHILTA with Jean Henri Lhuillier, PhilTA chairman of the board
During the Philippine Tennis Summit on September 6, stakeholders, including tennis coaches, players, parents, sponsors, regional representatives and PhilTA officials, among others, along with members of the media, gathered at the Makati Sports Club where issues on Philippine tennis were brought forth. Villanueva, one of the individuals who spearheaded the gathering, presented the current state of Philippine tennis, citing the need to improve the country’s standing in international competitions, increase the number of tennis players in the country, and attract them to become members of the national tennis association that represents the International Tennis Federation in the Philippines, among others.
PHILTA with Bobby Castro, CEO of Palawan Pawnshop

Villanueva laid down the plans for Philippine tennis, identifying a strategy that starts with changes within the existing organization, followed by milestones that will create funding and resources, enable extensive training programs, and make way for a consistent supply of high-caliber Filipino tennis players before reaching the ultimate goal of becoming a world-class tennis association. He elaborated that for him to consider the vision of becoming a world-class tennis association, the country should have at least two Olympians, at least two players in the top 100 of the ATP & WTA rankings, four junior players in the Top 100 of the ITF boys’ and girls’ categories, qualify for the Fed Cup World Group, and qualify for the Davis Cup World, all by 2024.  
*Photo credits to Roland Kraut Facebook
PHILTA with Roland Kraut, Philippine Tennis Coach

He stressed that to be able to achieve all of these, there’s a need to augment the current set-up of the current national tennis association to make way for positive changes specifically in making Philippine tennis inclusive to many. This will pave the way for more active memberships from tennis players, increase in pool of talents, and make the association more sustainable in terms of funding.
Q&A portion of PHILTA
During the summit, Villanueva also advised that he initiated the event in an effort to uplift Philippine tennis and clarifies that he does not have any plans to gun for the presidency in the organization’s next election and is just happy to be able to lay down the work for whoever will succeed him.

Tennis is considered to be one of the most energy-sapping sports in the world. If you are aiming to master tennis, having fantastic skills in tennis is not enough. You must have strong mentality. 
With Ms. Cherry Pie Picache
With Ms. Dyan Castillejo

To succeed in any field one requires sheer determination and hard work.

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