PATRICIA Velez, Melanie Dizon, Jeremiah Macias III and Elvin Geluz gear up for a three-weekend duel with the country’s leading and rising junior players in the PPS-PEPP Actifit National Students Open that gets going today at the KCDA Actifit Sports Center in Valenzuela City.
Velez, playing out of University of the Philippines, and Ateneo’s Dizon head the 64-player draw in the ladies division while Macias of Perpetual Help and Lyceum’s Geluz banner the men’s side of the inaugural all-students tournament presented by MCF Global and backed by Kap. Eli Demafelis.
Spicing up the women’s cast are Bliss Bayking of National U, La Salle’s Mikaela Vicencio, Carmen So, also of Ateneo; UP’s Nica Alanis. Patricia Lim of UST and Tracy Llamas of Ateneo while joining the hunt in the men’s singles are Lyceum’s Stefano Gurria, Dave Mosqueda of UST, Jude Ceniza of NU, Ateneo’s Gabriel Tiamson and Colegio Agustin’s Jose Antonio Tria.
Other titles to be disputed in the event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala are the men’s and ladies doubles featuring Geluz and Gurria of Lyceum and UST’s Clarence Cabahug and Dave Mosqueda while Velez is teaming up with Dana Uy for UP and Vicencio and Stefannie Martin heading La Salle’s bid in the distaff side.
“Gathering the best and upcoming student-players has been part of our commitment to help raise the level of play in the ranks with the event also serving as part of their buildup for their respective collegiate leagues,” said Palawan Pawnshop president-CEO Bobby Castro.
Up for grabs are prizes and trophies plus UTP ranking points, the event being sanctioned the Unified Tennis Philippines made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.