Filipino tennis bet Sebastien Lhuillier. CONTRIBUTION PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – Coaches from the U.S. NCAA Division 1 schools noted the young athletes participating in the DreamBig Gold Series tennis camp at the Manila Polo Club earlier this month.
Ezequiel Gils from Rice University, Rob Raines from Cornell University and Jesse Frieder from Boston University were surprised by the Filipino tennis scene when they saw the junior athletes participate in the camp, which ran from January 11th to 12th took place.
Division 1 coaches trained 20 players through extensive, hands-on training that US colleges use in their programs.
Of the 20 players, 16-year-old Sebastien Lhuillier impressed the coaches the most, but all other athletes showed great potential.
Lhuillier is the son of the former Olympic athlete Bea Lucero.
"Talent is pervasive. I've seen many players who can play at a really high level if they only commit to playing and practicing on the court," Raines said in a press release. "I can't believe I missed the Philippines in tennis."
"It's a place that a lot of coaches miss, and it's certainly a place I'll keep in mind when I'm recruiting," added Raines.
Frieder was impressed by how the sports students took up the lessons and how well the players could be trained.
"The players here are very trainable, which leads me to believe that if they land on one of our teams, we can help them reach for the sky because they are open to learning and improving "said Frieder.
“Manila has the facilities and the weather. You can work on having good fitness. This country certainly has the opportunity to have a champion someday, ”said Gils.
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