By LYNDE SALGADOS
With the 2020 Summer Olympic Games nearly coming to an end and virus threats still prevailing around the globe, avid chess fans in Mindanao have found it sane and wise to initiate another online chess tourney that will involve a wide range of participation from grassroots talents in the provinces.
"Sooner or later, the Tokyo Games which provide us entertainment at home through cyber viewing will be over. And then, very stressful kaayo ang pandemic that we need an avenue to desperately keep our sane mind while continuing the development of chess in Mindanao," said Arena International Master (AIM) Rey Urbiztondo, who initiated the developmental program that gained a Mindanao-wide approval from leading chess afficionados in the island.
Introducing the Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates as the flagship team, it will spearhead the so-called Mindanao Chess Tour Friendship Online Games starting August 7 with a series of team matches.
The Surigao team's quarter slots in the just-concluded 2nd Conference of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) in the company of Mindanao compatriot --the Zamboanga Sultans --had also inspired them to further solidify its roster.
Its tentative lineup now includes Grandmaster Enrico Sevillano, NM Jonathan Tan, AGM Henry Lopez, Lennon Hart Salgados, FM Vince Alaan, Tyrone Alaan, Cyrus Donasco, Rogelio Canoy, Roberto Reyna, Antonio Chavez Jr., AIM Rey C. Urbiztondo, Fr. Vic Arellano, Engr. .Allan Diez, Joselito Serna, Jessa Mae Lisondra and Zsuzsa Tabudlong.
"Since bakasyon pa ang team nato and also in preparation for the 3rd Conference of the first Professional Chess League in the country, ato sa ipatuyok ang Surigao Checkmates for a series of chess matches in Mindanao on every Saturdays," said Urbiztondo.
The Fianchetto Checkmates will first play with CARAGA on Aug. 7, Northern Mindanao (Aug. 14), Southern Mindanao/Davao (Aug. 21) and Western Mindanao/Zamboanga (Aug. 28).
The NorMin squad, anchored by Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Iligan players, are expected to provide the GM Sevillano-led Surigao a stiff challenge with the likes of International Masters Richelieu Salcedo III and Rogelio Vuelban, FIDE Master Rustum Tolentino, National Masters Levi Mercado and Roly Tan, Johnnel Balquin, Nazario Ubanan, Christian Arroyo, Alfredo Rapanot, Silverio Abasolo, Victor Lluch, Bength Largo, Doming Oga, Ruben Cabading, Mary Joy Tan and Woman National Master Loreshyl Cuizon in their equally-solid frontlines.
BARRING face-to-face, Mindanao chess development is still alive with online matches as the new normal in conducting competition. (Lynde Salgados)
AS Northern Mindanao fans celebrated the bronze triumph of Cagayan de Oro wonder boy Carlo Paalam, the whole nation practically cried for "hometown decision" as Dabawenya Nesthy Petecio settled for silver after yielding to home favorite Sena Irie in women's boxing featherweight finals of the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
In a fight where the Filipina was the aggressor and the Japanese heroine obviously appeared like sending more hugs than punches in a three-rounder that turned into a wrestling match, the Filipino nation was startled when a unanimous verdict went in favor of the host fighter.
"How come unanimous.. it is hard to accept. May be a split decision for the heartbreaking loss. But still Petecio is the gold medalist in the eyes of the Filipino people. She did all her best in that fight where she felt as the winner," said Ricky Vargas, president of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP).
Meanwhile, it took former scavenger and Cagayan de Oro's adopted son from Talakag, Bukidnon Carlo Paalam to ease out the gripping tension in Mindanao and elsewhere of the country brought by the wanton cases of Covid-19.
For over 12 minutes span this morning, Aug. 3, at least everyone forgets for a while the virus threats as the nation stood as one in viewing then celebrating as the 23-year-old Paalam punched his way to semifinals after a bronze medal victory over Uzbekiztan's Shakhobidin Zoirov in men's boxing flyweight category of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
With practically all of Mindanao praying for his success, luck was on Paalam's side as his solid counter-punching gained the dividends after the referee stopped the fight over 2 minutes in the second round when blood dripped through Zoirov's left eyelid due to an accidental head-butt.
Disappointed, the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist Zoirov refused to shake hands with Paalam as the Filipino was handed with a split decision win (4-1) via Referee Stopped Contest (RSC).
As Paalam kneeled then broke down in tears after the split decision, literally the Cagayan de Oro City Hall--bombarded with Covid issues for years especially when the dreadful Delta Variant hit the City of Gold--exploded in rejoice as they shared Paalam's rise towards Olympics stardom.
"Sadya bibo kaayo mi dire City Hall. Ang mayor (Oscar S. Moreno) nga No.1 supporter ni Carlo maong gipalandong gyod siya sa LGU sports program sa Cagayan de Oro perting lipaya," said city sports coordinator Jaymar Rivera.
"Ang parents pud ni Carlo nga naa nagpuyo karon sa Upper Carmen nagmaya uban sa pamilya ug mga silingan. Ilang ka pobrehon salig lang sa uma-uma kaniadto didto sa Talakag matambalan na gyod," added Rivera.
The Uzbek veteran, who was also 2019 World Boxing Championship gold medalist, was the aggressor right from the go, even connecting the first few punches. But the ever patient Paalam retaliated with cautious yet well-calculated solid counter moves that saw his big hands found its marks into the face of Zoirov.
The first-time Olympian Paalam opened the second round with a solid left hand to the head and looked like perfectly had his rhytmn back when the two tangled closely, thus resulting to a head-butt. Paalam suffered a slight gush, but the Uzbek had it more thereby prompting the referee ti stop the fight.
"It was quite refreshing for us and all the frontliners in the fight against Covid to stop for a while and cheer for our local hero. I think, kaya gihapon ni Carlo ang Japanese nga iyang makontra sa semis," said city sports consultant-turned Covid administrative in charge for quarantine Douglas 'Rocky' Calingin.
For Sally John Nelg, a former basketball standout of Liceo de Cagayan, a well-meaning grassroots sports program must be upheld nationwide, noting that Paalam is a product of the city's Boxing at the Park in downtown Divisoria.
"Coach Elmer Pamisa must also be credited kay siya gyod ang nag diskobre ug nag develop kang Carlo nga sa una mosugot lang softdrinks ang award after every ordinary fight sa kalye-kalye pa nga ensayo," added Ruel Densing of Cagayan de Oro City Boxing Program.
Filipino flyweight Carlo Paalam in victory.
Screenshot photo by Vic Kintanar..
Thrilling bouts for Oro's Paalam and Davao's Petecio for bronze and gold today in Tokyo Summer Olympics
Kahinumduman nga si Ms. Montebon misangka sa California, USA niadtong Hulyo 25-27 ug Agosto 1-3 tuig 2019.
Karong 2021, laing kompetisyon na usab ang gi-apilan sa teen golfer nga gipahigayon niadtong Hulyo 12 hangtud 16 sa California, ug nasakmit niini ang 1st Runner Up alang sa 15-18 years old division.
Unang nagtabla si Kiara ug Michaela Fernandez nga taga Irvine, California, sa 1st place, apan nahimong second placer si Kiara human husayon ang panagtabla pinaagi sa countback.
Sa parehong duha ka okasyon nga nisangka si Kiara sa internasyonal na mga kompetisyon niadtong 2019 ug karong tuiga, mihatag ug financial assistance si Gobernador Bambi Emano aron suportahan ang iyang mga galastuhon sa pagbiyahe ug dugang pampalit sa mga butang nga iyang gikinahanglan.
Dugay na nga kanunay gasuportaan ni Gobernador Bambi ang mga atletang Misamisnon hilabi na kung ang salmutan mga internasyonal nga kompetisyon usa sa pamaagi nga maila ang Misamis Oriental ug Pilipinas sa tibouk kalibutan.
Source: MisOr PIO
Filipina tennis star and Globe ambassador Alex Eala had no trouble moving on to the next round of the Wimbledon girls’ singles tournament as she ousted Solana Sierra of Argentina in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Monday evening (Philippine time).
The 16-year old, who is seeded second in the tournament, started her breakaway in the fourth game of the first set as she broke Sierra’s serve to move ahead, 3-1. She then dominated the fifth game and forced her opponent into a forehand error to take a 4-1 lead. Another break of Sierra’s serve put Eala up 5-1 but the former stayed alive by breaking the Filipina’s serve in the seventh game. Eala, though, kept her composure and broke the Argentinian’s serve one more time to end the first set, 6-2, in just 23 minutes.
In the second set, Eala quickly took control as she zoomed off to a 3-0 lead but Sierra battled back and pulled to 2-3 capping that win off with a forehand winner that ended a long rally in the fifth game. Eala retaliated by breaking Sierra’s serve in the very next game and holding her own in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead. Sierra, though, proved resilient as she won the next two games to creep to within 4-5. The tenth game was all Eala as she took a 40-0 lead and never looked back to win the second set, 6-4, the match and book her ticket in the next round.
Next up for the talented Filipina is 17-year-old Spanish netter Ane Mintegi Del Olmo.
Eala is aiming to win her very first singles title in a grand slam tournament. She already has two girls’ doubles grand slam championships, which she won at the 2020 Australian Open and just recently, at the 2021 French Open.
Student-athletes from the 10 member-schools of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) shone bright as “Rise Up Stronger: NCAA Season 96” officially wrapped up its virtual Taekwondo competition.
Together with its official broadcast partner GMA Network, the NCAA kicked off the extraordinary Season 96 last June in a courageous step to adapt to the new normal.
Held from June 14 to July 5, this season’s taekwondo events included Poomsae Standard, Poomsae Freestyle, Speed Kicking Juniors, Speed Kicking Women’s, and Speed Kicking Men’s.
CSB dominates Men’s and Women's Speed Kicking competition
The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) emerged as the overall champion of the Speed Kicking event in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.
In the Men’s Division, CSB amassed a total of five gold medals courtesy of Ivan Murray Solimen (Finweight Division); Laurence Scott Santiago (Featherweight Division); Mikko Michael Regala (Welterweight Division); Matthew Cloyd Roxas (Light Middleweight Division); and Josemari Aiko Ong (Heavyweight Division).
The CSB jins continued to dominate the speed kicking tournament with four of its players topping their various classes in the Women’s category: Krizelle Therese Yadao (Flyweight); Loralee Natividad (Welterweight); Anne Christine Obenza (Middleweight); and Lucille Cunanan (Heavyweight).
Also taking home gold medals in the Men’s Division were San Beda University’s Jack Janggo Natividad (Flyweight Division) and Christian Neil Arches (Lightweight Division); as well as Arellano University’s Stanley Roy Laguio (Bantamweight Division).
Scoring their respective golds in the Women’s Division were Jose Rizal University’s Emie Fernandez (Finweight Division); San Beda University’s Princess Angel Doria (Bantamweight Division); San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Liza Leslie Bagay (Featherweight Division); and Arellano University’s Paulene Gaye Rey (Lightweight Division).
SBU rules Juniors Speed Kicking event
Meanwhile, San Beda University was a big winner in the Speed Kicking Juniors Division after bagging three gold medals. Topping their foes in their respective divisions were San Beda’s Ignatius Vicente Lorenzo Pinera (Bantamweight Division); Philip Joshua Lee (Lightweight Division); and Louell Ivannerich Mamaclay (Light Middleweight Division).
Taking home gold medals as well were CSB-La Salle Greenhills jins Victor Emmanuel Rodriguez and Raphael Ongkiko who ruled the Welterweight Division and Middle/Light Heavyweight Division, respectively.
Champions in their weight class as well were Lyceum of the Philippines University’s John Patrick Moneda (Fin/Flyweight Division); Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Luke Morel (Featherweight Division); and Arrellano University’s Joshua Lyndon Dionio (Heavyweight Division).
EAC triumphs in Juniors Poomsae
Shining bright in the Juniors Poomsae Standard and Poomsae Freestyle Event was Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC). EAC’s John Vergel Reyes snagged the gold medal in Poomsae Standard Juniors while John Mc Leary Ornido won in the Poomsae Freestyle Standard Juniors.
Topping the Women’s and Men’s Divisions in the Poomsae Standard were Jose Rizal University’s Emie Fernandez and San Beda University’s Alfritz Victoria Arevalo. Meanwhile, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s Krizelle Therese Yadao and San Beda University’s Michael Christian Macario were named champions in the Freestyle Standard Women’s Division and Freestyle Standard Men’s Division, respectively.
Chess competition kicks off
Last July 6, the NCAA formally opened the Season 96 Chess competition. For this season, all chess games will be done via knockout games, with the next round being the Round of 16, followed by the quarterfinals round and the semifinals. Those who will win in the semis round advance to the finals while losing players battle it out for the third place.
Meanwhile last July 9, the first part of the “Rise Up Stronger: Most Valuable Performer Grand Finale” was aired. Talented alumni finalists from Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano University were judged by comedian Tuesday Vargas and Kapuso actress Rhian Ramos.
On Saturday (July 10), the 16 players in the Chess Juniors Division competed for a slot in the NCAA Season 96 quarter finals. NCAA fans also got to know the NCAA Hotshots John Barba and Joana Marie Ong from Lyceum of the Philippines.
It was a special day last Sunday (July 11) with Martin Javier and Sophia Senoron at the NCAA Studio of Champions because the NCAA hosts had an exclusive interview with “Defense Minister of Basketball” and Pinoy basketball legend Jerry Codiñera. Jerry talked about his basketball beginnings and how he led the Arellano Chiefs basketball team to numerous victories, including two final appearances in Seasons 90 and 92. He also gave tips to aspiring basketball players and play a fun basketball shootout against Martin and Sophia.
The Chess Juniors Division competition commences with the quarter finals round beginning July 12, with semi-finals slated on July 15 and the Finals scheduled on July 17.
Catch “Rise Up Stronger: NCAA Season 96” on GTV weekdays at 3 p.m. (with replays weeknights at 10:50 p.m.), Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5:05 p.m. Meanwhile, Kapuso abroad can catch all the action via GMA Pinoy TV and GMA News TV. Visit NCAA Philippines’ official website www.ncaa.com.ph and follow @ncaaphilippines and @gmasynergy on social media.
Filipina tennis star Alex Eala is looking to improve on her semifinal finish when she competes in the girls’ singles competition of the 2021 French Open Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France.
The long-time Globe ambassador and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) no. 3 ranked juniors player has been set as the second seed in the tournament, which kicks off on Sunday, June 6. Eala will have some tough competition in front of her with the presence of ITF no. 2 ranked juniors player Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, who is the top seed in this year’s French Open.
Also vying for the title are the third-seeded Polina Kudermetova and the fourth-seeded Diana Shnaider. American netter Robin Montgomery, who is the fifth seed, is also expected to be in the mix. One player who will be missing in the girls’ field is the no. 1 ranked ITF juniors player in the world, Elsa Jacquemot, who opted to compete in the women’s singles competition. It was Jacquemot who gave Eala the boot from the semifinals of the French Open last year with a 4-6, 3-6 victory.
The big difference this year, though, is that Eala will be heading to battle armed with plenty of experience, thanks to her stints in nine professional competitions so far this year, which included a championship run in the W15 Manacor in January. She also had a second-place finish in the doubles competition of the W25 Platja D’Aro last month.
She will also compete in the doubles competition with partner Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia.
Eala is seeking her second grand slam win after she captured the 2020 Australian Open girls’ doubles title with Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia.
By Jack Biantan
THE newest professional basketball league in town, the Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup has found a new partner to help promote their league and give jobs to basketball workers in Visayas and Mindanao.
Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup COO Rocky Chan recently announced that Molders of Defined Champions (MDC) Sports Inc., a sports promotion company based in Quezon City has agreed to help them fulfill their plans.
MDC Sports Inc. Chief Marketing and Finance Officer Nico Clemente signed the contract to help the upstart PVM Super Cup which was witnessed online by league ambassador Dondon Hontiveros.
“We are very happy that MDC Sports Inc. through Nico Clemente did not take too long to approve our request to help us promote our league,’’ Chan said.
He added that it took two days for the request to get approval from the president and CEO of the company Maricel Diaz Clemente.
“The Vis-Min Super League is here to help players who are out of work because of the COVID 19 pandemic. We are thankful that we now have a partner to make this dream a reality,’’ Chan said.
Clemente said MDC Sports Inc. is involved in promoting sports events particularly 3x3 and 5x5 basketball.
“We have 3x3 and 5x5 basketball tournaments all over the country and we also have our brand of basketballs,’’ he added.
As support for the league, MDC will provide the league with their own basketball, making MDC Basketball as the official ball of the league.
MDC founder Maricel D. Clemente grew up in Roxas City. She graduated at the University of Sto. Thomas and worked in a bank for 13 and half years. She is into sports and has encouraged her five children to engage in sports as well and to live an overall healthy lifestyle, according to her son Nico.
Nico added that her mom started MDC Sports Inc., because she believes there are a lot of young people outside Metro Manila that have so much potential but have limited opportunities to show their talents and compete.
“My mom observed this while she was young in Roxas City while watching young people play basketball. The young have minimal opportunities but have so much potential,” he said.
Maricel D. Clemente’s love for sports have rubbed into his children particularly Nico who was also a Judo Varsity player in Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his studies in Ateneo with a degree in Communications Technology Management.
He has represented Ateneo in Judo during his high school and college years in the UAAP and various local and international competitions. Now he works full-time as a financial analyst in a power company and at the same time with MDC Sports Inc.
“I am very passionate towards sports and MDC Sports Inc., It is for me the perfect way to share the passion,’’ he said. JB
Nico Clemente, MDC Sports Inc. Chief Marketing and Finance Officer
By Jack Biantan
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The governing body of professional sports in the country, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), has finally given its blessing to the newest professional basketball league, the Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup.
GAB chairman Baham Mitra officially announced during the online press conference of the league that they have granted the request of the Pilipinas Visayas-Mindanao Super Cup to turn professional thus making history as the only professional league outside Metro Manila.
Mitra said that after a long wait, the dream of having a professional basketball league for Visayas and Mindanao has come true.
He added that the passage of GAB resolution 2021-01 paved the way for the approval of the accreditation of the league and making GAB as the government agency that will supervise and regulate the league.
“I commend the people behind the Super Cup and congratulate them for pushing through with this league despite the threat from the COVID 19 pandemic. It took days and weeks working on the protocols and we commend and thank them for their fighting spirit,” he said.
He assured the organisers of their full support provided that the league will follow health protocols.
GAB commissioner Eduard Trinidad supported Mitra’s statements and hoped that this league will help basketball players from Visayas and Mindanao on their journey to fulfil their dreams of playing in bigger leagues like the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Mitra also reminded the players, officials and everyone involved in the Super Cup of their responsibilities.
Games and Amusement Board Chairman Abraham Mitra.
Meanwhile, Super Cup Cup Chief Operating Officer (COO) Rocky Chua announced that more teams are joining the startup league with XUR Homes Realty/Eastern Samar of team owner Jojo Gio Baquilod confirming their participation.
Cebu City Councilor and Vis-Min Super Cup ambassador Dondon Hontiveros assured Cebuano basketball fans that there will be a team from Cebu City in the Visayas Conference.
“We will announce the team soon. Let’s just wait as negotiations for the sponsors are still on going,’’ said the ‘Cebuano Hotshot’.
Chua further revealed that they are expecting at least seven teams each from Visayas and Mindanao which will compete in the inaugural tournament slated to start on April 9 in Cebu City.
So far, four teams from Mindanao, all from the Zamboanga peninsula, have signed up.
These are Zamboanga City of Mayor Beng Climaco; Pagadian Explorers of Mayor Samuel Co and Rene “Dodong” Pamaran; and the two Zamboanga del Norte teams Sindangan of Sonny Diaz and President Manuel A. Roxas of Mayor Jan Hendrick Vallece. JB
Vis-Min Super Cup COO Rocky Chan.
Meanwhile, ARQ Builders Lapulapu City Heroes is also excited to join the league.
By Jack Biantan
THE dream of the top three young footballers from Cagayan de Oro to someday play for the National Football Team, the Azkals, is starting to become a reality.
The Alphaland Corporation and Stream Mobile backed ADTFC of long time Azkals backer Dan Palami and head British coach Scott Copper will compete in the Philippine Football League (PFL) bubble mini tournament which will kickoff on Sunday, October 25, at the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.
“I feel good. I feel blessed to be part of this squad. I am ready for this season and I think we have a really strong team. This team is to develop players to be future Azkals,’’ Limbo said.
The son of Darlene and Jun Limbo studied in the United Kingdom and just finished his business and sports education at Sunderland University, England.
The 21-year-old member of the Philippine National U22 team in the Southeast Asian Games in Manila last year arrived from England last July and is ready for the first match against Mendiola FC together with the rest of the ADT players.
The match is set at 9 a.m. and will be streamed live on the internet just like the other remaining matches.
On the other hand, 19-year-old Jethro Borlongan just finished his Senior High School in La Salle and is supposed to play for the University of the Philippines but has opted to sign up for the ADT to follow his dream of playing professional football and for the Azkals.
Jethro is the son of Marjo and Greg Borlongan. His elder brother JB studied at UP and played for the National U22 team in the SEAGames last December. He is now back in the city and concentrated in running his own business.
“We are doing well. After our COVID tests we were isolated for five days and now we are doing our best to prepare. We will be ready for Sunday,''said Borlongan.
Carlon Dorin, the product of Montecarlo FC grassroots program, is also very happy to play football on the professional level.
“I am so excited because I really want to play against professionals. Now that I am here I am so happy,’’ he said.
He also wants to inspire the young footballers in the city and advised them to work hard and motivate themselves so that they can reach their aim to become professionals someday.
Aside from the trio from the city who will play in the midfield for ADT, the PFF has also named 17 other young footballers to the team.
They are midfielders, Mat Ocampo, Marvin Angeles, Christian Rontini, Yrick Gallantes, Jerome Marzan. Defenders are Dean Ebarle, Janherc Fritzrigoli, Simen Lyngbo, Mar Vincent Diano, Jan Vincent Quintana, Jarvey Gayoso, Matthew Custodio, and Kainda Bailey while strikers are Uzoka Kennedy, and Marcel Ivan Ouano. Completing the team are goalkeepers Quincy Julian Kammeraad, and Anton Yared.
Four other clubs will also debut on Sunday in the single round robin competition.
LBC/Fitness First sponsored Kaya FC will play against Giligan’s Restaurant and Pi Tracer backed Stallion Laguna FC at 4:30 p.m. while former Ceres FC-Negros now known as United City FC will play in the main game against the debuting Philam Life sponsored Maharlika Manila FC at 8:00 p.m.
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CDO TRIO. (L-R) Jethro Borlongan, Troy Limbo and Carlo Dorin get ready for the Philippine Football League (PFL) Qatar Airways backed Bubble mini tournament which kicks off Sunday Oct. 25, at the PFF Training Center football field in Carmona, Cavite.
Filipina tennis prodigy and Globe Ambassador Alex Eala is seeded number 2 in the junior girls’ tournament of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Eala, who is returning to the Grand Slam events after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the US Open and Wimbledon Juniors Tournaments this year, is currently ranked 4th in the world juniors’ rankings, the highest ever so far by any Filipino tennis player. She is also the highest ranked tennis player in Southeast Asia.
She will be returning to the clay courts of Roland Garros after making her debut in the grand slam event in 2018.
The 15-year-old Eala made history when she became the first Filipina to win a grand slam event after she captured the 2020 Australian Open juniors’ double events with partner Priska Nugroho of Indonesia in January this year.
Eala is the first Filipino to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament since Jeson Patrombon in 1991. She is also the youngest among the top 50 junior netters in the world. From her #247 rank in 2018, Eala rose to 13th after posting impressive runs in 2019. By early this year, Eala rose to fifth. Due to the impact of the pandemic, Eala’s bid to bring more honor and fame for the country has been delayed.
Eala is currently-based in Mallorca, Spain where she is a scholar of the Rafa Nadal Academy. She has been a Globe Ambassador since 2013. Globe, however, has been supporting Eala’s pursuit of tennis greatness since she was eight years old.
The 2020 French Open Juniors tournament will be held from October 4-10.
Photo: Eyes on the ball--Alex Eala is the number 2 seed in the 2020 French Open Juniors' Grand Slam Tournament. Photo courtesy of Rafa Nadal Academy.
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