Soft tennis may have hit the Philippines jackpot with three gold medals at the last 30 Southeast Asian Games.
And Bien Zoleta-Mañalac has plans to maintain the benefits of this achievement and push the sport into the mainstream.
"It is our dream to expand the scope and reach of soft tennis in the country," said 30-year-old Mañalac to the Inquirer. "With our victory at the SEA Games, we hope that it will attract a wider audience and that more people can take up the sport."
A former tennis player, Mañalac, said that more people should play the sport because it doesn't value physical properties, but skill and speed.
Those who made their championship win over Kawengai Anadeleyda from Indonesia for the country's first gold at SEA Games Soft Tennis.
“It was incredible, a life-changing victory for me; I know that it would be something very special for all of the Filipino soft tennis, ”added Mañalac.
You and the younger sister Bambi Zoleta amazed an impressive Thai couple to get the country's two-seater and the 100th gold medal.
Filipino soft tennis chief Colonel Jeff Tamayo owed the triumph to the solid preparation and all-out attitude of the players during the tournament.
The Filipino gentlemen's underdog, consisting of Joseph Arcilla, Noel Damian Jr., Mark Alcoseba, Mikoff Manduriao, Dheo Talatayod and Kevin Mamawal, crowned the breakthrough campaign with another gold.
"In the past, everything was just a dream and a goal," said Mañalac, who, together with Bambi, was the national tennis champion. "Discipline, hard work and teamwork were our strengths in the preparation."
Princess Catindig and Erdilyn Peralta won the bronze in a two-seater.
Divine Escala, Michael Enriquez, Roel Licayan and Yoon Jae-koo complete the coaching team with the renowned tennis mentor Jovy Mamawal as training manager. INQ
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