‘Suspension won’t affect Alex Eala’

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    THE suspension slapped by the International Tennis Federation on the Philippine Tennis Association won’t hamper the international competitions of teen phenom Alex Eala, according to PHILTA vice president and former national coach Martin Misa.

    “The ITF suspension covers only group tournaments such as the men’s Davis Cup and women’s Federation Cup sanctioned by the ITF but not individual events so Alex can still play,” explained Misa.

    Last Nov. 21, the world tennis body suspended the tennis association headed by Atty. Antonio Cablitas for two years due to the leadership row with the group of sportsman-businessman Jean Henri Lhuillier.

    Currently training in Spain as one of the bright stars of the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy, Eala, 15, recently reached the girls semifinals of the French Open junior tournament and also won the girls doubles title with Indon Priska Madelyn Nugroho of the Australian Open juniors championship early this year.

    Misa said the PHILTA board was scheduled to meet online later yesterday to discuss how it can return to the good graces of the ITF as well as working out its plans and programs for next year.

    He said that PHILTA intends to hold new polls by next month since the present board has been in a holdover capacity for some years now.

    Aside from Cablitas and Misa, among those who are expected to join the virtual meeting are secretary general Romeo Magat, treasurer Edna Nguyen and board members Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Pablo Olivarez and Manny Misa.