Pinoy tennis legend Johnny Jose passes away at 81

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 24, 2018 03:03 PM
Pinoy tennis legend Johnny Jose passes away at 81
Filipino tennis has lost an accomplished player and coach in John Jose Jr., who passed away at 81. (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo)

Filipino tennis great John "Johnny" Jose Jr., an Asian Games gold medalist and a heralded coach of the women's national team has passed away due to natural causes last Tuesday at St. Luke's Hospital in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. He was 81.

Jose is the last Filipino to bag a gold medal in Asian Games tennis back in 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

He also brought pride to the country by donning the national colors in the Davis Cup multiple times alongside the Deyro Brothers as well as Felicisimo Ampon, up until 1964.

Jose started playing tennis at age six, and he never looked back. He was a semifinalist in the Wimbledon juniors, and won bronze in the Asian Games in 1958 to complete an all-Filipino podium finish before conquering the competition four years later.

He became a successful mentor of Pinoy tennis talent as the women's national team head coach. He was also inducted into the De La Salle University Hall of Fame.

Last 2013, he was given the International Tennis Federation Commitment Award for his longtime dedication to the sport.

Jose is survived by his wife Ollie, 77, and his five children Ina, Juanchit, Annalisa, Fatima, and Magnolia Hotshots assistant coach Mon.

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