Pantino eyes comeback in Andrada

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CEBU’s Arthur Craig “Iggy” Pantino wants a comeback in the 25th Andrada Cup Division I Junior Tennis Championship this Jan. 6-12, 2014 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

Pantino,12, of the University of San Carlos–Basic Education Department (USC-BED) won the 2012 edition’s boys 10 under and 12 under titles, but missed it in 2013 after the Philippine Tennis Academy sent him to the United States and competed in the Orange bowl tennis tournament and several local tournaments in California as part of his training program.

However, Lourdes, the mother of Iggy said their son is still contemplating if he is going to make a comeback this year after joining a series of international tournaments in 2013.

Pantino plans to join the boys 14 under and 16 under, and expects to face other country’s top junior netters such as Xenon Gonzales, Raphael Teng, Jake Martin, among others.

“He has been into several international competitions in 2013, and we will see if he is already recovered and is already on top of his condition to make a comeback in this tournament,” said Lourdes.

Pantino recently joined the ATF Dong Feng LTAT Under 14 Thailand Circuit and bowed to Saranpahon Siriwanichkul of Thailand, 2-6, 1-6, in the semi-finals.

Although Pantino lost in the tournament, he was still able to improve his Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) ranking to No. 2 and rank No. 3 in the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) ranking.

It was Pantino’s fourth Thailand circuit stint and won two titles in the LTAT U14 Thailand Circuit Series last October.

The Andrada Cup, which offers 200 points for the champion, 150 for the runner-up, 100 for the semi-fianls and 70 for the quarterfinals, would be a big boost to help Pantino’s ranking.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 01, 2014.


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