Francis Casey Alcantara hopes that his gold at the Southeast Asian Games will fuel his drive for the richer parts of the international pro tour.
For the coming year, Alcantara said he wanted to get into the top 200 of the elite and get access to the bigger and more expensive tournaments.
"It looks good at the end of the year, I am confident that I will be in the top 200 next year," said Alcantara, who packed the gold in the men's doubles with Jeson Patrombon.
Alcantara became Australian Open Junior double champion in 2009. But he decided to finish studying communications at Pepperdine instead of plunging headlong into the pro tour.
He said he would focus more on the double, but on the single as well.
The 27-year-old Alcantara is currently the number 411 in the world in doubles. His career high at ATP was 257th last year.
Alcantara and Patrombon gave the Philippines their individual victory in tennis in the two-year round. They defeated US teammates Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales in the finals on the Rizal Memorial tennis courts.
Alcantara ended the tour year with a final at the ITF World Tennis Tour in Doha in late October.
Together with Bogdan Bobrov from Russia, he became runner-up of the Dutch couple Guy Den Heijer and Sindae Pontjodikromo.
Alcantara and the Australian Harry Bourchier also reached the final in Brisbane and lost in the championship game against the hometowns Luke Saville and Jake Delaney. INQ
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