MANILA, Philippines—Alex Eala couldn’t disguise her pleasure to characterize the Philippines in her maiden Southeast Asian Video games in Hanoi Vietnam, which opens subsequent week.
The 16-year-old Filipino tennis star, who arrived in Manila just a few days in the past, shared her pleasure in a weblog posted on the Worldwide Tennis Federation’s web site on Wednesday.
“It will likely be the primary time that I’ll compete within the Video games, which makes it further particular, whereas they’re massively vital throughout the area and imply a lot to so many individuals,” Eala wrote. “Additionally it is one other alternative for me to characterize the Philippines, one thing I like, and I positively have the sense of taking part in for my nation and for one thing far greater than simply myself.”
Eala, who dominated leg 1 of the W25 in Chiang Rai final month, shared that she’s going to head to Hanoi impressed realizing her mom Rizza, a former 1985 Bangkok SEA Video games bronze medal within the 100m backstroke swimming, will probably be watching her with the entire household.
“Additionally it is extremely significant to be following within the footsteps of my mother, Rizza, who was beforehand a swimmer and competed on the 1985 Video games in Bangkok, successful bronze within the 100m backstroke. I can’t wait to attempt to win for my nation, simply as she did,” she mentioned.
The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar additionally shared she began coaching with the nationwide group at Manila Polo Membership final week together with her teammates Marian Capadocia, Shaira Rivera and Jenaila Rose Prulla and males’s gamers Deal with Huey, Ruben Gonzales, Jeson Patrombon, Francis Alcantara and Eric Olivarez.
“We are going to bond additional as preparations proceed, placing ourselves in the very best place to do properly when the tennis occasion will get underway on Could 13,” Eala mentioned. “I’m again in full coaching now having loved a little bit break after returning to the Philippines from Spain. The remaining gave me the prospect to hang around with household, which is among the finest issues about coming house and competing in Asia.”
The 2-time junior Grand Slam doubles champion vowed that she’s going to carry her expertise from her W25 title run and the Madrid Open—regardless of her early exit as a wild card entry—when she competes within the SEA Video games.
“I’ll actually be trying to take that type and my new ranges of health into the Southeast Asian Video games. This can be a massive event and I can’t wait to put on my nationwide group colors with satisfaction. Go Philippines!” Eala concluded.
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