PhilTA chief Villanueva bares plans for PH to reach world-class level by 2024

Acting Philippine Lawn Tennis president Randy Villanueva laid down four major strategies that could bring the country to the world map of tennis by 2024 during PhilTA’s Philippine Tennis Summit on Sept. 6 at the Makati Sports Club.

The tennis summit gathered under one roof the sport’s various stakeholders, which included among others, tennis coaches, players, parents, sponsors, regional representatives and PhilTA officials.

Villanueva said in order to reach global status in the sport, changes will have to be made within the organization.

“There’s really a need to amend the organization if we are to become a world-class association,” Villanueva said in an official statement.

“The association right now is being run by just 12 people who are not representative of any Philippine tennis stakeholders, region or clubs. I think it’s very important that we make it more inclusive to everyone and encourage more participation from the whole Philippine tennis community,” he added.

In addition, he stressed the importance of establishing new milestones in the sport that could hopefully create better funding and resources, formulate extensive training programs that will pave the way for a consistent supply of high-caliber Filipino tennis players.

Once these are achieved, PhilTA will be on its way to reaching the ultimate goal of becoming a world-class tennis association.

Villanueva added that becoming a world-class tennis association would mean seeing the country achieve the following by 2024–produce at least two Olympians, two players who will make it in the top 100 of the ATP & WTA rankings, four junior players in the Top 100 of the ITF boys’ and girls’ categories, qualify for the Fed Cup World Group and the Davis Cup World. 

Longtime sports patron and PhilTA chairman of the board Jean Henri Lhuillier expressed his full support on the direction set by Villanueva.

“It’s refreshing to have this Philippine Tennis Summit and hear the great plans of Villanueva to move forward Philippine Tennis. As always, I’ll be here to support in whatever capacity I can to bring to fruition PhilTA’s plans,” said Lhuillier.