MANILA, Philippines—Alex Eala couldn’t conceal her pleasure to symbolize the Philippines in her maiden Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi Vietnam, which opens subsequent week.
The 16-year-old Filipino tennis star, who arrived in Manila a number of days in the past, shared her pleasure in a weblog posted on the International Tennis Federation’s web site on Wednesday.
“It will be the first time that I will compete in the Games, which makes it extra special, while they are massively important across the region and mean so much to so many people,” Eala wrote. “It is also another opportunity for me to represent the Philippines, something I love, and I definitely have the sense of playing for my nation and for something far bigger than just myself.”
Eala, who dominated leg 1 of the W25 in Chiang Rai final month, shared that she is going to head to Hanoi impressed realizing her mom Rizza, a former 1985 Bangkok SEA Games bronze medal within the 100m backstroke swimming, will probably be watching her with the entire household.
“It is also incredibly meaningful to be following in the footsteps of my mom, Rizza, who was previously a swimmer and competed at the 1985 Games in Bangkok, winning bronze in the 100m backstroke. I cannot wait to try and win for my country, just as she did,” she stated.
The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar additionally shared she began coaching with the nationwide workforce at Manila Polo Club final week along with her teammates Marian Capadocia, Shaira Rivera and Jenaila Rose Prulla and males’s gamers Treat Huey, Ruben Gonzales, Jeson Patrombon, Francis Alcantara and Eric Olivarez.
“We will bond further as preparations continue, putting ourselves in the best possible position to do well when the tennis event gets underway on May 13,” Eala stated. “I am back in full training now having enjoyed a little break after returning to the Philippines from Spain. The rest gave me the chance to hang out with family, which is one of the best things about coming home and competing in Asia.”
The two-time junior Grand Slam doubles champion vowed that she is 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 Games.
“I will certainly be looking to take that form and my new levels of fitness into the Southeast Asian Games. This is a big occasion and I cannot wait to wear my national team colours with pride. Go Philippines!” Eala concluded.
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