Patrombon hopes to spark PHL campaign vs Kiwis

Patrombon hopes to spark

PHL campaign vs Kiwis

JESON Patrombon leads the Philippines’ Davis Cup campaign in New Zealand. (Getty Images)

WORLD Juniors No. 18 Jeson Patrombon will fly to New Zealand on Thursday, hoping to spark the Philippines’ Davis Cup campaign in the Asia/Oceania Group I playoffs in Hawera, New Zealand.

The Iligan-native secured his visa at 10 a.m. Wednesday, allowing him to join the rest of the Philippine team that will play minus Filipino-American Treat Huey, who is currently competing in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.

Manny Tecson, Patrombon’s coach, in a message sent to GMA News Online, confirms that his ward will leave for New Zealand Thursday, just in time for the July 8 start of the Philippines’ first round match against the Kiwis.

Fresh from his first Wimbledon stint, Patrombon (1381) will join veteran Cecil Mamiit, Johnny Arcilla and Fil-Am Ruben Gonzales (830) in the three-day competition.

The 18-year-old Patrombon earned the nod from the Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA), after obtaining his International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s professional ranking. He also reached the Australian Open quarterfinals earlier this year.

The Philippine team will face New Zealand, who enjoy home court advantage. Fresh from a loss to Uzbekistan, the Kiwis will field Michael Venus (305), Artem Sitak (308), Jose Statham (556), Marcus Daniell (998) in this round.

The Philippines will have to rely on Gonzales to team up with Mamiit for the doubles event, as Mamiit’s usual partner, world doubles No. 90 Huey, will not be present in this campaign. They will play against the Kiwi tandem of Venus and Daniell who have not won a doubles game since 2009.

The Philippines hold a 3-1 record in its head-to-head match up with New Zealand. The last time the two teams met was in the Group II Asia/Oceania Final in 2009 in the Philippines where the hosts defeated the Kiwis, 4-1. (GMA News)

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