Three months from now, one of Cebu’s most monumental of sporting events fires an ace. It’s Japan versus the Philippines. The dates are March 4 to 6 and the venue is one of Asia’s top vacation destinations, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa.
The Davis Cup is preeminent because it’s 110 years old. Nearly 150 nations each year join to win that Cup that’s in honor of its founder, Dwight Davis, who, amazingly, happened to be the Philippines’ Governor General from 1929 to 1932.
Lapu-Lapu City, headed by Mayor Paz Radaza, is organizing this historic weekend. It will be hotly-contested. And, when I say “hotly-contested,” I mean literally “hot,” for we will have an outdoor atmosphere that will challenge–and hopefully, defeat–our Japanese invaders, who will be coming from their cold, winter season.
PHL and JPN have played each other in Davis Cup 26 times—with Japan leading 17-9. The last time our country beat Japan was 15 years ago. But, with the slow clay-court and plenty of hot sun, we hope the next one will be three months from now in Plantation Bay.
Philippine players needs patience, strong legs, big heart, motivation and the will to win.
Patience- Look for the shots that irritates opponents! e.g. high balls or moonball or loofing balls. Japanese are weak on hot and humid temperature. The longer the point, the better for Filipinos. Just be patient! Do not go for fancy shots all the time. Remember, you have the support of the tennis fans at home.
Strong legs- means practice hard! You are in the 5th set and you are just starting to play the match!
Philta officials- motivate your players by giving them incentives, huge bonuses for a win! Remember these players are professionals and tennis is their job.
Court advantage- use the choice of ground to your advantage and the support of the fans.
Goodluck to Phil Davis Cup Team!!!
Roy, Joy, Topie, Bontoy, Cooper, Gemma, Jarick, Rhea, Tonyet and I (fr Dumanjug Tennis Club) wish you all the best and will be seeing you all at Plantation Bay this weekend. “GO, GO, GO, PINOY UR D ONE, Number 1”.