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09-01-2010, 10:14 AM looking up lately, but I wonder if there's any sustainability.

We've actually had a good two years running as far as Juniors is concerned. Last year, Francis Casey Alcantara won the Australian Open boys' doubles championship (partnering with Hsieh of Chinese-Taipei) and was kicking around main draws of the Grand Slam tournaments. It wasn't all great for him - he lost in the first round of all Slams he was entered from last year, advancing only in this year's Wimbledon (then losing in the second round) - but he got enough attention to be called into the Davis Cup team. (Interestingly enough, he's not entered in this year's US Open.)

Now we've added a second juniors player in the international circuit, Jeson Patrombon. He's made it to the main draw this year for both the French Open (making it to the second round) and Wimbledon (losing in the first), and will be in MD for the US Open. He should have about one more year of kicking it on the Juniors tour, so hopefully we'll see more results from him.

Unfortunately, I don't know if they actually have adequate funding to sustain this. I suspect it's all privately funded, and it's a shame because these kids actually have great potential. I'm glad they're getting international exposure, and I'm happy they're able to compete at the Slams, but after that... it's easy to see them fizzle out and stick to Davis Cup ties, or leave tennis permanently.

I think best proof of that is how we only have three players actually playing the Men's Circuit, and they all happen to be American-born: Cecil Mamiit (#505), who actually used to play as an American and was in the Top 100 once upon a time; Treat Huey (#778), who I didn't realize qualified for the main draw in doubles for Wimbledon; and, Ruben Gonzales (#945). These three - along with Alcantara - are part of the Davis Cup team. (Which, to be fair, is currently in Group I of Asia/Oceania, though now we're facing relegation again.)

I guess I'm just hoping that our local talents will develop. I'm rooting for Patrombon to advance a little further in USO Juniors. :D

09-04-2010, 03:29 PM
hyperren :wavey:
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'm interest to see the development of players from all asian countries.
All the best to Patrombon, although I don't follow the juniors's circuit I'll keep an eye out for this name to see how he progress.

09-17-2010, 02:05 PM
The Philippines is down 0-2 to South Korea in the Asia/Pacific Davis Cup Group I play-off. :sad: Huey lost some tight tiebreakers, while Mamiit was up 2-0 then lost three consecutive sets. :( Looks like we're back to Group II next year...

09-18-2010, 06:51 AM
Looks like Huey and Mamiit won the doubles rubber in straight sets (

Tough task though, they'd have to win the reverse singles to stay in Group I...

09-27-2010, 05:33 AM
Thanks for creating a thread for Pinoy tennis, hyperren!

I agree with what you wrote... We're having a good run right now, especially in Davis Cup and regional competitions like the SEA Games and Asian Games. But that's largely thanks to Cecil Mamiit, who's 34 years old now and probably will play pro tennis for just 2 years more, at most. We've got Treat Conrad Huey, who's got a pretty good doubles ranking (currently 109.) He's won 2 Challenger doubles (with Brit Dominic Inglot) and has made it to a bunch of Challenger semis this year, but I'm not sure how well he can do on singles.

I think Francis Casey and Jeson are both sponsored by Jean Henri Lhuillier, who is a big private sponsor for Filipino tennis players. I think he also funded Patrick John Tierro's expenses for joining tournaments in other countries. He made it to around the 700's in the rankings only, but his pro career has fizzled out now, I think. Hopefully FCA and Jeson do better when (if?) they attempt going pro.

01-23-2011, 08:54 AM
Jeson Patrombon just won his opening match at the Australian Open Boys' Singles tournament, defeating Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4 7-6(5). Up next is Miki Jankovic of Serbia. He partners with Jaden Grinter of New Zealand in Boys' Doubles (which Alcantara won a couple of years ago).

Meanwhile, Treat Conrad Huey is in qualifying rounds for the Singapore Challenger, and I'm guessing he'll play doubles here, too.

01-25-2011, 11:47 PM
Patrombon lost in Doubles, but won his R2 Singles match. :D

11-21-2011, 06:31 AM
Sadly, the Philippines has been relegated to Group II at the Davis Cup.

Jeson Patrombon is now ranked 995 in the Men's Circuit after earning points in some Futures tournaments. Best finish for him so far is QF at Thailand F5.

Ruben Gonzales is ranked 831. Best result is QF at El Salvador F1. He also managed to qualify for the Guadalajara CH, losing in R1.

Treat Conrad Huey is ranked 1082 in Singles. Best result is qualifying for Athens CH, losing in R1. He's doing much better in Doubles, though, where he's currently ranked 54. He's won a few Challengers in Doubles. He qualified at Wimbledon (with Van Der Merwe), losing in R1. He was direct acceptance at the US Open (with Devvarman) and won two matches before going down in the Round of 16 to Bhupathi/Paes. Huey and Devvarman also made the Finals of Los Angeles (ATP 250), losing to Knowles/Malisse.

At the SEA Games, the Men's Team - with Patrombon and Cecil Mamiit playing Singles, and Mamiit/Huey playing Doubles - took the Silver Medal, losing to hosts Indonesia. In Men's Singles, Mamiit took the Bronze Medal (losing in the semis to the eventual gold medalist) while Patrombon lost in the quarters. Mamiit/Huey are playing for the Men's Doubles Gold Medal, while Huey is also in contention for the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal.

05-29-2012, 09:18 AM
It's always nice to see a Filipino in the Main Draw of a Slam... never mind if it's Doubles. ;) Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot (GBR) are in the main draw of Roland Garros. First round is up against Michael Russell and Donald Young.

06-01-2012, 02:32 PM
Huey and Inglot are through to the third round of Roland Garros after upsetting fifth seeds Lindstedt/Tecau in straight sets! Woohoo!