27 May 2015

GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour, Philippines Open in Subic starts

Subic first before Singapore for paddle wielders/

The five men and women of the national table tennis team bound for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will showcase their wares against rivals from Asia and Europe in the 2015 GAC Group International Table Tennis Federation  World Tour Philippines Open that starts Wednesday (May 27) at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

Organized by the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee, the second edition of the five-day annual meet attracted 93 athletes, who will battle for the prize pool of $50,000.

In comparison to last year's edition, the tournament expanded its format to crown champions on the men's and women's open, men's and women's Under-21, and men's and women's doubles.

Matches will begin at 10 a.m. for the morning session, followed by the afternoon session beginning 2:30 p.m. for all days. Admission is free.

The Philippines' top 3 men's players - Richard Gonzales, Ryan Rodney Jacolo, and Rodel Valle, will do battle the world's top 100, including Jung Young-sik (24) of South Korea, Yuya Oshima (57) of Japan, and Jiang Tianyi (61) of China.

Gonzales will team up with Valle in the men's doubles, where they face stiff opposition from Belgium's Robin Devos and Cedric Nuytinck, India's Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh, and Hong Kong's Lam Siu Hang and Li Hong Ming. (Business Mirror)