Filipino tennis stalwarts claim international doubles titles

Filipino tennis veterans Treat Huey, Ruben Gonzales and Francis Casey Alcantara, who will all see action for the country at the 2022 SEA Games, will take home international crowns over the weekend

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s top tennis players showed themselves ready to continue their dominance over Southeast Asia by reigning supreme in two international competitions this weekend.

2019 SEA Games men’s doubles silver medalists Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales had some scary times ahead of winning the ATP Savannah Challenger Championship in the USA on Saturday April 30 (Sunday May 1 PT). Manila).

In Egypt, Filipino Francis Casey Alcantara, doubles gold medalist at the 2019 SEA Games, teamed up with Colin Sinclair of the Northern Mariana Islands to lead the $25,000 Cairo ITF M25 on Saturday at the Al- Solaumaneyah.

Huey, Gonzales and Alcantara will all see action for the Philippines at SEA Games Vietnam in May.

Filipino tandem Huey-Gonzales defeated Zhizhen Zhang of China and Tung-Lin Wu of Chinese-Taipei in thrilling straight sets, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, in the final of the $53,000 tournament at the Landing Club. in Savannah, Georgia.

It’s Huey’s second ATP Challenger of the Year title after winning the Arizona Tennis Classic last March. He currently ranks 138th in the world doubles rankings after rising to 18th when he reached the Wimbledon doubles semi-finals a few years ago.

Gonzales won his first ATP Challenger trophy for 2022. The Savannah Challenger is also the first ATP Challenger Finals appearance of the year for Gonzales, a doubles silver medalist at the past three SEA Games.

Alcantara and Sinclair, meanwhile, easily prevailed in straight sets over Denis Klok and Ilya Rudiokov of Russia 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

The winning tandem briefly engaged in a close battle against their Russian rivals in the first set which was tied until game six at 3-3.

The crucial point came in game eight when Alcantara and Sinclair broke serve for the second time to come back 5-3 before holding serve to win the first set. They continued their momentum until the second set where they broke serve twice to close the match.

Alcantara and Sinclair finished second in a $15,000 ITF event in Egypt last week where they lost in the final to Rudiokov and Argentina’s Lorenzo Joaquin Rodriguez.

This is Alcantara’s first international title for the year after finishing second in three previous ITF events. –

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