My Tennis Journey
Words can’t express how blessed I am for having led an extraordinary life because of tennis. At a very early of 5, I picked up my first junior racket, and that’s when my journey with tennis began.
I was the top junior tennis player in the Philippines at 15, was nominated to be a part of the Philippine Davis Cup Team at 17.
I’ve had the best four years of my life in college. From day one, I had to balance the highest standards of academics with a tough training and tournament schedule in tennis. Waking up at 6am every single day to work out, go to class from 8-2pm, tennis practice from 3-6pm, then homework right after dinner, for four years, was one of the most difficult yet rewarding things I’ve done in my life. I am sure most student-athletes can attest this. We set school records gaining the highest team ranking as well as the first SCU tennis team to make it into the NCAA in school history, and at the same time earning the Male Athlete of the Year award my senior year. Pretty successful career I should say, right? Sure, maybe. But for me, success is more than just the accomplishments of a person. Success started when I first dedicated myself to tennis. The hard work I put in every single day while balancing academics, the dedication and support from my family, the problems we solved, the decisions we had to make—all of which led me to where I am now. I now work for AddedSport and one of the things we do best is helping kids get an American education through their sport. We share the same advocacy and that is what I love about this company. I’ve had the best four years of my life in college and there’s nothing more rewarding than to help Student-Athletes have the same experience, even more. That to me, is success.
So my advice to all aspiring student-athletes… work your hardest every single day, never neglect your studies, and of course, #DreamBig! Take in the ups and downs of life with great pleasure. This will help you grow not just as an athlete but also as a person. Be humble and help others along the way. You will be more successful in life if you help others. And lastly, be grateful. Be grateful to your family and friends who love and support you unconditionally. And of course be grateful to God. It is He who gave you your talent and opportunities to shine.