Velez, Madis snare PPS MVP honors
(The Philippine Star) - March 29, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - John David Velez and Tennielle Madis sustained their form and nailed victories in emphatic fashions as they shared top honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Kidapawan City leg regional age-group tennis circuit at the KC Tennis Club last Monday.

Davao City’s Velez, priming up for a three-month training at the Macs Crankit Tennis Academy in Australia, overpowered John Sonsona, 6-1, 6-1, for the boys’ 14-and-under crown while Madis crushed Reicy Bentillo, 4-1, 4-1, to run away with the 10-unisex title. The rising star from Mlang also held off Jilian Manangking, 6-1, 6-4, to clinch the girls’ 12-U crown.

Velez, however, failed to match Madis’ feat as he bowed to No. 7 Nilo Ledama of Pagadian, 6-0, 6-4, in the 16-U finals of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Velez and Madis also went on to bag the MVP honors in their respective sides, duplicating their feats in the Davao leg of the circuit backed by Asiatraders Corp. and the new Unified tennis group, led by PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson Toby’s and B-Meg.

“These two young players have been reaping the fruits of their hard work and determination to get better in each tournament. We hope their success will inspire the other young players to strive for more,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Danna Abad, another emerging star from talent-rich Davao, also scored a twinkill, upending top seed Carlyn Guarde, 6-4, 6-1, in the girls’ 16-U finals and repulsing Minette Bentillo, 6-1, 4-6, 10-5, for the 18-U diadem.

JOHN DAVID VELEZ
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