Presence of world’s best tennis players good for PHL –Palace

December 1, 2014 9:40 am 

MANILA, Nov. 30 – Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr. said on Sunday the arrival in the Philippines of the world’s best tennis players is good for the country.

”Of course, we are glad that the premier tennis players in the world are here in our country,” Coloma said in an interview with DZRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Coloma said Malacanang is also happy about the good things the tennis players have said about the Filipino fans and the country’s tourist destinations.

”The good things they said about the Filipino fans and the tourist destinations in our country are heartwarming. Their presence is really good for our country,” the Palace official said.

Famous tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray, along with other world’s best players, came to the Philippines for the three-day Manila leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) from Friday to Sunday.

Sharapova, the world’s No. 2, was obviously the darling of the crowd but the cheers of her Filipinos fans were not enough to win all her three matches, including the mixed doubles with Murray.

Sharapova and Murray are part of the Manila Mavericks team.

No less than world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao welcomed the Manila Mavericks team that also includes Fil-Am Treat Huey, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kirsten Flipkens, Daniel Nestor and Carlos Moya.

Other world best players who arrived for the inaugural staging of the IPTL are Marin Cilic, Kristina Mladenovic, Goran Ivanisevic, Ana Ivanovic, Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza, and Serena Williams.

Sharapova is reportedly hoping to return for next year’s IPTL Manila leg, describing her first-ever trip to the Philippines as ‘amazing.’

”It’s amazing country with really beautiful, beautiful people. I think it’s the most generous country I’ve ever been in. Everyone made my trip fantastic and I hope I’d be back next year,” Sharapova said. (PNA)



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