ITF commends Lapu-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
LAPU-LAPU City’s hosting of four Davis Cup ties were commended during the recent International Tennis Federation (ITF) general assembly and was called one of the “best examples of how to host the international tournament.”
This has boosted Lapu-Lapu City’s confidence as it is set to once more play host to the Asia/Oceania Zone Group II third round tie between the Cebuana Lhuillier-backed Philippine team and New Zealand on Sept. 13, 14 and 15, 2013 at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa.
This was disclosed by Davis Cup Philippines official Randy Villanueva during yesterday’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing together with Mayor Paz Radaza, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa general manager Nenette G. Castillon, VP marketing consultant Efren Belarmino and Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Harry Radaza.
Villanueva said that Lapu-Lapu’s hosting was mentioned during the recent ITF general meeting and that there are ITF officials who want to officiate in Cebu.
“There are those officials who look forward to officiating in the tournament, and it’s really heartwarming to know that Plantation Bay Resort and Spa has become the favorite venue for Davis Cup,” said Villanueva.
With Lapu-Lapu City’s upcoming fifth hosting of the tournament, Cebuana Lhuillier-PHL team has already gained an advantage against New Zealand with their familiarity with the court and a boost of their confidence from the support by the people of Cebu.
“We also gained a lot of international followers, who are banking on the Philippines to win especially after they thrashed Thailand last April,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva also said that the players from New Zealand will be arriving on Sept. 4, 10 days before the tournament, to acclimatize to the weather and the playing surface that will be used during the tournament.
Cebuana Lhuillier-PHL team beat Syria and Thailand to arrange a final duel with New Zealand with the hopes of advancing to Group 1 next year.
The ambassador of New Zealand to the Philippines will be coming over to witness the matches between the two countries.
Villanueva also named Raymundo Deyro as the third former Davis Cupper who will be receiving the ITF Commitment Award, along with Johnny Arcilla and Johnny Jose.
According to the Davis Cup website, this award is being presented by the ITF to players who have shown dedication in representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient has competed in a minimum of 20 home or away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition in their career.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2013.