Tennis community mourns Satera’s passing

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Saturday, May 31, 2014


THE Cebu tennis community is mourning the sudden passing of former top age group player Fritz Satera late last Friday.

Satera was a former member of the University of San Carlos varsity and suffered from a heart enlargement. An official statement has yet to be issued on the cause of death.

He was 18.

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His teammate Sally Mae Siso said they are all shocked by his sudden passing.

“There are no concrete findings yet what caused his death. We are all in shock because we just learned that he was in the ICU when his mother Flor called my older sister, Sally Dine, asking for a favor in assisting Fritz with his enrollment because he was still in the hospital,” said Sally.

She said they just learned about Satera being in the ICU last Thursday and he was declared dead past 11 p.m. on Friday.

Siso, along with her brother Bernadine and Sally Dine, has known Satera since they played in 10-Under tournaments and treated each other like brothers and sisters.

“What I can’t forget about him was the time when I was crying on his shoulder after we received a death threat from a coach in Cotabato and how he made me feel everything would be fine. I can’t also forget the time we joined a tournament in Pangasinan and during our Kool Camp Adventure,” she said.

Jarryd Laurel, his former teammate in the USC secondary tennis team, remembers Satera as a very good person.

“He was good company and was not selfish. Dili siya gusto nga naay tawo na ma out of place. And he was fond of giving sound advice if someone was in need. He always helped people,” said Laurel.

Fighter

Another former age group player, Crissianne Issa Kintanar, who is now based in the United States, considers Satera as a very close friend. They played tennis together from elementary to high school and represented Cebu Province in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association meets. Satera was from Sibonga, while Kintanar is from Argao.

“He was really a very good person, funny, lingaw kakuyog and he was really a fighter when he inside the court. We became close katong bago pa mi ga start ug tournaments, specially mga Palaro Pambansa and Cviraa kay kami man mag kuyog ato kay pareho man mi taga Cebu province. And also kato sad pag Asean games sa Singapore kay kami ra ang taga Cebu. That’s how we developed our teamwork,” said Kintanar.

Another former age group player Kristel Mae Buenacosa, also based now in the United States remembers Satera as a quiet, humble and smiling person.
Satera recently won a gold medal for Region 7 in the national Private School Athetlic Association meet with Marc Enriquez.

“I will always remember him as a fighter on and off the court. We will surely miss him,” said Siso. (ISL)

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

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