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Philippine Tennis Federation Elections Finally Planned after Prolonged Dispute

Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), announced that the feud among warring parties in Philippine tennis will end on December 11 with the mandatory election of officers for the Philippine Tennis Association top brass. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) suspended Philta due to irreconcilable differences among its leaders.

The ITF’s decision led to the requirement for Philta to amend its constitution and bylaws and hold an election that includes the clashing major stakeholders. Failure to comply forced the POC to take care of the athletes and drop Philta from its rolls. Despite these conflicts, Filipino tennis players have continued to perform well in international competitions.

Eighteen-year-old Alex Eala, who has already won four ITF career titles, has been a standout player. Men’s doubles partners Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales have also achieved success, defending titles in various competitions. Tolentino emphasized the importance of protecting the athletes and encouraged over a hundred tennis clubs to register and participate in the upcoming election.

He also mentioned that the contest for leadership in tennis is primarily between the camps of Paranaque 1st District representative Edwin Olivares and businessman-sportsman Jean Henri Lhuillier. Tolentino expressed his desire for the issue to be resolved, prompting all clubs to register before the deadline.