UTP bares plans to im­prove PH tennis


NEWLY es­tab­lished Uni­fied Tennis Philip­pines (UTP) de­clared its ob­jec­tive to im­prove PH tennis dur­ing the me­dia launch on Thurs­day night at the Makati Sports Club.

“We have formed UTP to bet­ter pro­mote tennis and de­velop world class Filipino play­ers and see them com­pete in the Grand Slams,” said found­ing mem­ber and tennis afi­cionado Jean Henri Lhuil­lier.

Lhuiller, the pres­i­dent and CEO of Ce­buana Lhuiller, is known as a ma­jor or­ga­niz­ers of tennis tour­na­ments in the coun­try.

UTP, which is rec­og­nized by the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion as a sports as­so­ci­a­tion, is a non-stock and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ated by the Na­tional Lawn Tennis As­so­ci­a­tion.

Among its key stake­hold­ers are Palawan Pawn­shop pres­i­dent Bobby Cas­tro, Sen. Juan Miguel Zu­biri, Sen. Sonny An­gara, Randy Villanueva, Julito Villanueva, Ger­ard Ma­ronilla, and Jackie To­macruz.

“We re­al­ized that for the or­ga­ni­za­tion to grow and be ef­fec­tive, it needs to be in­clu­sive and in­volve all the tennis stake­hold­ers,” said Cas­tro,

Lhuiller said the UTP aims to list up 50,000 mem­bers, con­duct na­tion­wide tennis clin­ics and camps, hold grass­roots devel­op­ment work­shops, launch in­cen­tive pro­grams, build tennis cen­ter and stage mul­ti­ple tennis events.

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