Filipino tennis player Francis Casey Alcantara stayed on course to breaking into the world’s Top 300 doubles rankings after winning his third title this year.
Alcantara and partner Pruchya Isaro of Thailand defeated Yu Hsiou Hsu of Chinese Taipei and Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul of Thailand in the final of the US$25,000 Hai Dang Cup 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 in Tay Ninh City over the weekend.
“I’m happy to win again here in Vietnam. I achieved my goal this year already, I’m back to Top 300 with a few more tournaments left for this year,” said Alcantara in an online interview on Tuesday.
“I have one more tournament here and hopefully, I can keep my winning form,” he added.
According to the rankings maintained by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the Filipino volleyer who hails from Cagayan de Oro City and is 30 years old presently holds the position of No. 319. In December of 2018, he climbed to a career-high ranking of 257.
After finishing in second place twice at the Bangkok Open ATP Challenger Tour in Nonthaburi City a month ago, Alcantara rose to the No. 329 spot in the rankings.
In the two competitions, which had a combined prize pool of US$50,000 in cash, he participated in a partnership with Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia. In the first competition, they were defeated by the No. 3 seeds Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe and Yuta Shimizu of Japan with scores of 1-6 and 3-6.
They were defeated by Chung Yunseong of South Korea and Ajeet Rai of Australia in the next match with scores of 1-6, 6-7. (6).
It was during the 2016 ITF Futures 2 tournament in Hong Kong, which was worth $10,000 USD, when Alcantara and Rungkat first played together. They advanced to the semifinals, however they were ultimately defeated by Markus Kerner of Estonia and Mikelis Libletis of Latvia. The score was 3-6, 6-1, 7-10.
The Indonesian national, who is 32 years old, is now ranked 219th in the world. This year, he has competed in ten different events, one of which being the Australian Open, where he and fellow Filipino-American Treat Huey advanced to the round of 32. During their time in Italy and the Czech Republic, they formed a partnership with Filipino-American Ruben Gonzales.
Rungkat, who is at 5 feet and 9 inches tall and now resides in the United States, has won the men’s singles championship in the Southeast Asian Games on two separate occasions (2011, 2017). In addition, he won the gold medal in the mixed doubles competition at both the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games (2021) and the Asian Games (2019). (2018).
The month of June was the first victory for Alcantara in this year’s competition. He and Nam Hoang, the top player in Vietnam and the winner of the gold medal in the singles competition at the Southeast Asian Games, dominated the competition in the Hai Dang Cup Week 2 tournament. In the final, they defeated Ji Hoon Son and Ulsung Park of South Korea by scores of 6-3 and 6-1.
During the month of May, Alcantara and Colin Sinclair of Northern Mariana Island won the doubles title in the ITF World Tennis Tour tournament that was held in Cairo, Egypt.
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games Doubles Championship was won by Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon. In 2005, he was selected to compete for the Philippines in the Davis Cup tournament.
The accomplishment of Alcantara becoming the first Filipino junior to win a Grand Slam came about in 2009, when he and Cheng-Peng Hsieh, a player from Chinese Taipei, triumphed in the doubles competition at the Australian Open. That same year, Alcantara also reached his career high ranking of No. 14 in the world.
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