Corteza told to rest, to miss Jakarta open-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
DAVAO City pride Lee Vann Corteza, who recently won the 888.com World Cup of Pool (WCop) with Surigao del Sur's Dennis Orcollo for the Philippines, will have to miss action in the Jakarta Open set to open this weekend as his Negros Billiards Stable management advised him to take a rest instead.
The NBS top brass decided for him to forego the tournament in Indonesia so he can get recharged from the grueling pool battles he fought in the World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar from Sept. 2 to 13 and in the 888.com WCop at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, England on Sept. 17 to 22.
"Praktis praktis nalang muna ako para sa laban ko sa US 9-Ball Open next month," Corteza said via his wife's Facebook chat on Thursday.
He also welcomed the break from competition so he can spend more quality time with his wife Gelea, son Lee Vann Jr., and daughter Geleea Vann Kisha.
The 38th Annual U.S. Open is slated on Oct. 13 to 19 at Marriott Chesapeake-Norfolk Convention Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. It stakes US$ 178,000 total cash prize.
It can be recalled that Corteza didn't see action in the US 9-Ball Open last year but had won the US 10-Ball in 2010. He also emerged champion in the China Open 2013 that won for him his biggest prize money of his career -- US$40,000. He took a share of $30,000 from the $60,000 total purse he and Orcollo won in London.
He, however, kept his World No. 3 post based on the current World Pool Billiard Association ranking where World 9-Ball champion Thorsten Hohmann of Germany climbed the top spot from the 11th place with a total of 1,734 points. The latter garnered additional 1,150 points for bagging the World 9-Ball Championship title.
Filipino Carlo Biado, from No. 12, zoomed to second place following his quarter-finals finish in World 9-Ball, earning him 736 points to up his total to 1,521. Corteza's Last 16 finish in the same event gave him 449 points for a 1,409 total while WCop partner Orcollo dropped to fourth place from No. 2 with 1,367 points.
Rounding up the top 10 of the elite pool ranking are Karl Boyes (1,299) and Darren Appleton (1,204) of Great Britain, Shane Van Boening (1,170) of USA, Alex Pagulayan (1,119) of Canada, Nick Ekonomopoulos (1,068) of Greece and Mika Immonen (1,064) of England.
The WCop was not included in the ranking of the world's governing body of pool.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 27, 2013.