Patrombon opens the Philippines' Davis Cup bid vs. Kuwait
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 03, 2016 06:21 PM
Davis Cup veterans Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales along with fast-rising players Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon, both former standouts in the international junior circuit, will lead the Philippines against Kuwait.
Former world number 9 juniors player Jeson Patrombon will open up the Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippine Davis Cup Team’s bid against Kuwait on Friday, March 4 at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig, City. Fresh from his stint in China, Patrombon will try to give the RP Cuppers a 1-0 lead against the Kuwaitis when he takes on Abdulrahman Alawadhi at 3pm today (Friday, March 4). The ever-dependable veteran Ruben Gonzales follows suit against Kuwaiti counterpart Mohammad Ghareeb.
“This is the strongest Davis Cup team we have in recent years. I feel very confident on our chances of taking a 2-0 lead on the first day. I strongly believe Jeson and Ruben will deliver as they are fresh from having strong results playing in Asia and South America respectively. The goal is to win both singles matches and finish off the match in the doubles on Saturday with Treat Huey bannering our doubles team, said Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippine Davis Cup Team Manager Jean Henri Lhuillier.”
The team is also composed of fast-rising player Francis Casey Alcantara, who like Patrombon, was a former standout in the international junior circuit. Collegiate champion coach Karl Sta. Maria will be the non-playing team captain of the Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippine Davis Cup Team.
The Philippines and Kuwait have squared off two times in Davis Cup history with Philippines coming on top both times.
The Johnny Arcilla-led team prevailed, 3-2, in 2002 then Cecill Mamiit, Eric Tainio and company made it a clean 5-0 sweep in 2007.