LOCAL bet Stephen Catipon, who had to go through a qualifier to earn a berth in the main draw, swept his way to the boys’ singles 18-under championship and added the 16-under plum to cap his two-title run in the PPS-PEPP Mayor Jerry Trenas national age group tournament at LaPaz Tennis courts in Iloilo City last Tuesday.
Catipon, playing out of the St. Robert’s International Academy, crushed Lorenz Delfin 4-0, 4-0 in the eliminations then beat Jan Jimenea 4-1, 5-4 (3) in the first round, eased out No. 4 Joshua Raymundo 4-1, 4-1, toppled second seed Rewel Justiniani 6-0, 6-2, before besting third seed Nikhel Nowlakha 6-1, 6-2 in the finals of the premier class in the Group 1 tournament presented by Dunlop.
He also dominated the 16-under play as one of the unranked players in the 32-man draw, dropping just seven games before blasting John Santiago 6-0, 6-2 in the finals of the event put up by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala and sanctioned by Unified Tennis Philippines made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.
“It’s inspiring to see new faces emerging and Catipon’s feat should motivate the others who want to make it big in the sport someday,” said Palawan Pawnshop president-CEO Bobby Castro, whose long-running circuit continues to help boost the country’s talent-search program in the sport.