PSC backs nat'l ten­nis

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS - By Mar­i­anne L. Saberon-Abal­ayan

THE Mayor James Gamo Na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship 2017, open­ing in Pan­abo City on Oc­to­ber 19, got a big boost af­ter the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) poured in sup­port to the an­nual event.

Tour­na­ment chair­man An­ton Fer­razz­ini, pres­i­dent of Mer­can­tile Cor­po­ra­tion (Merco), bared this in a phone in­ter­view with Sun.Star Davao yes­ter­day.

He said, "We are thank­ful to (PSC) Chair­man (Wil­liam) Butch Ramirez for sup­port­ing the tour­na­ment. He will grace the award­ing cer­e­monies on the Oc­to­ber 22."

The net­fest, he said, aims to al­low lo­cals wit­ness top-notch ten­nis ac­tion and to in­spire young play­ers in the re­gion by watch­ing their idols play.

A free ten­nis clinic, to be han­dled by tour­na­ment di­rec­tor and cer­ti­fied In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) coach Boy Diong, will be held on the side for the eight to 16 years old.

A to­tal cash prize of P150,000 will be awarded to the win­ners in the tour­na­ment pre­sented by Merco and Selecta and sup­ported by en­gi­neer Glenn Olan­dria, Biox­tend, Strong­hold In­sur­ance, Swiss Deli, Mamma Marias by Paul Abao, Rocky's Bar­ber­shop by Tim­tom Gem­pe­saw, Asi­a­traders, Slazenger and Dun­lop.

The men's sin­gle cham­pion will take home P30,000 while the run­ner-up will pocket P20,000. Both fi­nal­ists will also re­ceive tro­phies while the los­ing semi­fi­nal­ists will claim P10,000 apiece and the quar­ter­fi­nal­ists will set­tle for P5,000 each.

In men's dou­bles, cash prizes of P20,000 and P10,000 will be handed to the first two plac­ers while semis losers will get P5,000 and P3,000 awaits the quar­ter­fi­nal losers.

Top-ranked Pa­trick John Tierro and tour­na­ment de­fend­ing cham­pion Bu­tuan City na­tive Johnny Ar­cilla have been in­vited to com­pete anew with Le­an­der Lazaro, Mark An­thony Al­coseba of Davao City, John Mari Altiche, Noel Mar­i­ano Damian, Jr., El­bert Vi­cente Anasta and Fritz Chris Ver­dad.

TOP-RANKED. Vet­eran in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Pa­trick John Tierro is the top-ranked player to watch in the Mayor James Gamo Na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship 2017 set on Oc­to­ber 19 to 22 in Pan­abo City. NIC MAGAWAY/PJ TIERRO FACE­BOOK

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