March 18, 2018, 10:08 am
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Velez eyes golden double in Pikit age group

JOHN David Velez sets out for a double as he banners the field in the 16 and 18-under divisions of the Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Pikit regional tennis tournament at the Pikit Tennis Club in Cotabato beginning today (Friday).

Velez has dropped his bid in his age group at 14-under to concentrate on the two higher categories which the young Davao ace ruled in last week’s Mlang leg where he upended doubles partner and top seed Bruce Hurtado.

But Hurtado is out for a payback, along with a slew of players out to score a victory and gain ranking points in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president-CEO Bobby Castro and presented by Slazenger.

Close to 200 entries are seeing action in the five-day tournament backed by the Unified Tennis Group, composed of Cebuana Lhuillier, PPS-PEPP, Wilson, Toby’s, BMeg, Citigreen, Babolat and Tru-Flex, with Jerome Lacanaria and Jared Buisan joining the title hunt in the 18-under side and Reyman Saldivar, Joaquin Palo, Herald Aton and Lacanario firming up the 16-under roster.

With Mlang bet Jazzelle Madis taking a break after claiming two crowns at home last week, a fierce battle looms in the girls’ 14 and 16-under ides with Jillian Manangking, Shelo Ripdos, Jasmin Kadalum and Thea Tobias looming as the players to beat in the 14-under section and Arnie Dias, Jeanne Gornes, Pauline Binoya and Tobias headlining the 16-under cast.

Gornes and Diaz also banner the premier 18-under section while Cedric Pamplona, Jorose Manangking, Saldivar and Palo lead the boys’ 14-under roster and Reyman Saldivar, Ben Flores, Martin Suropia and Pamplona tipped to crowd for the 12-under plum.

Tennielle Madis also guns for a twin kill in the 10-unisex and girls’ 12-under divisions which she topped in Mlang.

Also on tap are the doubles matches in the boys’ and girls’ 14 and 18-under and 10-unisex, according to PPS-PEPP sports program development director Bobby Mangunay. 
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