A young Filipino Tennis Player arises winning 4 new international cups

Miko Eala wins4 international cups

 

 

Tennis is one of the grand sports where well known players like Maria Sharapova, David Adams, Andre Agassi hit the World Cup series who travel the world for a match. Now, the Philippines has an arising international world class champion, a young master, Miko Eala.

 

So when did Miko start hitting the ball with his racket?

Even before going to school, Miko trained with his grandfather. But Tennis wasn’t his first sports. He tried soccer and swimming. They started practicing 3 times a week at the tennis court.

Miko Eala , at age 12, has won 4 trophies over a span of 2 weeks during the 14 under Boys ATF Lebanon Week 1 and Week 2 Tennis Championships held in Damour Country Club, Beirut. The first week was on May 5-10 wherein Miko won the doubles championship with his partner, Jalal Sadek from Lebanon then completed the week to win the singles title with a score of 6-1, 6-2 over Rahul Jaideep from India.

The second leg started on May 11 wherein Miko again partnered with Sadek to capture the doubles title. His winning streak continued as in the singles category. He again ruled against his opponents that included Kohki Dohi from Japan and capturing the title vs finalist, Timothy Rutherford from Great Britain.

This brings Miko’s trophy haul to 4 during the 2-week stint in Lebanon. These twin wins will bring back his ATF Ranking to #1 for 14under boys (Note: he has yet to turn 13 and he is already #1 in Asia).  In late April, Miko was also awarded a U$5,000 grant by the Asian Tennis Federation from the Olympic Solidarity Fund. This grant can be utilized towards his tournament traveling and tennis training.

Miko’s next major tournament will be in Cacak, Serbia this June.

 

Was tennis his first love?

Apparently not. Kids really try out a lot of things before they find their true loved sports. For Miko, he tried swimming and soccer which later find it boring.

 

So when did he start loving Tennis as a sport?

At age 3, he started swinging the racket and hitting the ball with his grandfather, who is his mentor and inspiration to tennis. They started practicing 3 times a week in the Village Country Club. But soon as he started going to school, his love for Tennis grew more and he practiced 2x more from 3 days to 6 days.

Today, he practices everyday. He likes working hard and has to adjust to make sure he is able to catch up with his studies. He also does Kumon everyday. He has less time to watch movies, television and play Xbox but his latest favorite is figuring out algorithms around solving the Rubik’s cube. He can now solve it in less than 30 seconds. He also likes learning new card magic tricks. He is an incoming grade 8 student at the Colegio de San Agustin.
He trains in Valle Verde Counrty Club. He started playing tennis at 4 and competitively at 6 under the guidance of his grandfather, Bob Maniego. Today, he continues to train under his grandfather who is the head coach of his program and he has a team of other hitting partners that include #1 Philippine Men’s Tennis Player, PJ Tierro and Philippine Mens Top Doubles Player, Toto Joven.
He has been a Globe Ambassador since 2013 and Babolat (French brand) sponsors his equipment and apparel since 2010. He started winning at age 6 and started working his way to breaking the record for being the youngest #1-ranked Philippine junior tennis player for the 10-under bracket at age 7 years old.
His Lebanon wins brings his tennis trophy tally to 88 and he also has 32 medals. Miko’s next major tournament will be in Cacak, Serbia this June.

Tonight’s pic message from my son: “I won Mom”… after getting his second singles 14U ATF Championship in Lebanon… can’t wait to have him back home :):) ‪#‎ThankYouLord‬ ‪#‎ProudMom‬ ‪#‎Back2Back‬

 

Is Miko the only one playing Tennis in the family?

Well, you haven’t seen the last of the Eala’s as Miko’s younger sister Alexandra, also plays Tennis. At age 10, Alexandra, continues to train for her upcoming major tournament in Croatia. She will be joining the Smrikva Bowl, one of the most prestigious 10under tournament in the World wherein only #1  nationally ranked 10-year olds are qualified to join. She has been ruling the local scene by garnering a total of 9 championship trophies that includes and MVNP award in 4 tournaments: 15th Tru-Flex Age Group in Alabang, 14th Annual Toby’s, 7th Alabang 10-18 Championships, and Milo-Technifibre. She continues to hold the #1 ranking for 12-under girls in the Philippines. Her total trophy count is at 56 and she also has 12 tennis medals.

Alexandra Eala

 

In the next few years, the Eala siblings Miko and Alexandra will play for the Philippines in the International World Cup championships. Glory to the Philippines!

Wishing the best for both of you!

Eli

Eli has 28 years of extensive IT sales expertise in Data, voice and network security and integrating them is his masterpiece. Photography and writing is his passion. Growing up as a kid, his father taught him to use the steel bodied Pentax and Hanimex 135mm film and single-direction flash, Polaroid cameras, and before going digital, he used mini DV tape with his Canon videocam. He now shoots with his Canon EOS 30D. Photography and blogging is a powerful mixture for him.

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