PINOY TENNIS STARS CALL ON PHILTA TO ACT ON ITF BAN
Filipino tennis players are expressing their alarm as Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA) has yet to address the issues that led to a two-year suspension from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The national sports association (NSA) for tennis was handed the sanction by the ITF, with federation president David Haggerty branding PHILTA as having an “exclusive membership base,” which does not qualify them to be an NSA.
Haggerty has also asked PHILTA of their plan of action when it comes to diversifying its membership, so that an election may take place.
The ITF president previously noted that NSAs must be composed of regional representatives of various sports organizations, which must be presided over by sporting clubs themselves.
Despite the sanction handed by the world governing body of tennis, PHILTA has apparently yet to take action which has alarmed the country’s top players.
“I have heard rumors about the ITF suspending PHILTA. If my fellow players are barred from the Davis Cup and other international team competitions, it would be a huge blow to our livelihood in an already trying time,” said Treat Huey, the veteran doubles specialist.