Huey back in Manila, cherishes Wimbledon experience


Posted at Jul 09 2016 09:54 PM | Updated as of Jul 10 2016 01:44 AM

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Filipino-American tennis player Treat Huey. Photo by Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

Despite bowing out of the race to the Wimbledon men’s doubles finals, Filipino-American Treat Huey said playing at Centre Court was an unforgettable experience.

Huey and his doubles partner Max Mirnyi failed to get past top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the semifinal, 6-4 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4.

But he said he felt like a winner being on that stadium. 

“It was great and playing Centre Court for Wimbledon, probably the most famous tennis court in the world, is a great experience. There was a big crowd, we had a lot of fun out there,” Huey told ABS-CBN’s TJ Manotoc at the airport on Saturday.

The defeat only strengthened their resolve to improve to play better in future tournaments, he said.

“It's a tough way to end the match, they are the number one team in the world… it's tough. Still a learning experience,” said Huey.

“Max and I will surely keep trying and in the next couple of tournaments after this we'll have some more confidence, win a grand slam or some more, bigger tournaments in the future.”

Huey said his Wimbledon experience also prepared him for the coming Davis Cup where Cebuana Lhuillier-Team Philippines will play against Team Chinese Taipei on July 15-17 at the Philippine Columbian Association. 

“We're ready for the Davis tie this week in Chinese Taipei. It will be a good match up, we're ready and all of us are playing well,” he said.

Tennis patron Jean Henri Lhuillier is ecstatic with Huey’s showing at Wimbledon.

“Treat is showing the world that we Filipinos can be world-class in tennis. He’s doing it sans the hype and attention... This will augur well for the confidence of the rest of our Philippine Davis Cup team’s match against Chinese-Taipei next week,” he said.

Huey will banner the Philippine Team, which also includes Ruben Gonzales, Jeson Patrombon and Francis Casey Alcantara. Non-playing captain is Karl Sta. Maria.

“We are upbeat of our chances. All our players have been competing internationally the past months and all of them have been doing well. We also have the home-court advantage this year and we intend to put that to good use. I expect the Filipino crowd to be a factor,” said Lhuillier.

“Our goal is to move back to Group 1 of Asia –Oceania by end of the year and I strongly believe we will make it.” 

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