Alcantara, Arcilla advance in Futures Open doubles semis
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 09, 2015 06:46 PM
Francis Casey Alcantara (left) barges in the $15,000 PSC-Philta International Menís Futures Open doubles semifinals with partner Johnny Arcilla (not in photo).
Filipino wild card entries Francis Casey Alcantara and Johnny Arcilla crushed Chinese Taipei’s Lee Kuan-yi and Liang Wen-Chun, 6-3, 6-1, to barge into the doubles semifinals of the $15,000 PSC-Philta International Men’s Futures Open at Valle Verde Country Club shell courts in Pasig City.
The win Thursday night came after the local tandem’s stunning upset win over Japanese second seeds Katsuki Nagao and Hiromasa Oku (7-5, 6-3) in the first round of the meet which assured them of world ranking points.
Alcantara and Arcilla also gained points in singles after opening round victories although they both bowed in the second round in the tourney.
They will face another Japanese pair in Issei Okamura and Kento Takeuchi on Saturday’s semis. Okamura and Takeuchi dumped fourth seeds Chinese Taipei’s Hung Jui-Chen and Lin Wei-De, 6-4, 6-4, in the second round.
Philta vice president Randy Villanueva Friay said they are pushing for more ITF Futures or even a Challenger tournament next year to provide local players venues to gain world rankings.
He lauded the gallant showing of Filipinos led by Jeson Patrombon, qualifier Elbert Anasta and wildcards Alcantara, Arcilla, Kyle Dandan and Patrick John Tierro. Alcantara made his ITF debut in the event.
“These players with the exception of Jeson don’t get to play in Futures because they don’t have ranking points. But to earn those points you have to join these tournaments,” said Villanueva. “So the way to help these players level up is to host more Futures.
He said the ideal number of Futures a country should have is at least 12 in a year, but the Philippines only hosts two this year. The country will stage the Futures 2 in Philippine Columbian Association next week.