FILIPINO juniors tennis sensation Alex Eala is set to compete in the main draw of the Australian Open later this month after securing her position in the top 10 in the latest ITF World Juniors Ranking.
Earning 1,452.50 points, 14-year-old Eala is currently ranked ninth in the world, the highest Southeast Asian tennis player in the list.
That earned for the Globe Telecom ambassador a spot in 2020 Australian Open Juniors tournament, which takes place from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1 in Melbourne.
“I couldn’t have made it without you. Thank you Rafa Nadal Academy, Globe Telecom and Babolat,” Eala posted on her Facebook account as she thanked those who played notable roles in her tennis progress.
Globe Telecom has been a steady supporter of Eala since she was eight years old and to see her live her dream bring much pride on its part.
“We are so proud of what Alex has achieved so far. Like what I have said so many times before, Alex can accomplish whatever she wants as long as she continues to work hard, persevere and focus on her goals. We wish her well on the upcoming Australian Open and we call all our “kababayans” (countrymen) to rally once more behind Alex as she competes against the world’s best,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, in a statement.
Eala finished the 2018 season ranked 248th in the world, before jumping to a then career best 13th spot last October. She then pressed further to the top 10 after winning the title in the Orange Bowl doubles tournament in Florida last December to come within a spot in breaking the elite Top 10 best players of the world.
As part of her preparation for the Australian Open Juniors tournament, Eala will be competing in the Traralgon junior international event on Jan. 17. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo