Tennis in the Philippines

Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by WhereIsMacMac, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. djNEiGht

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    I love the bathroom signs...they even have a shower room "ATP TOUR"

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    And a local just hanging out at the sink by the court.

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  2. djNEiGht

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    Should be at Valley Verde this coming Tuesday...maybe around 9 am. Indoor courts I think.

    watching all the news about Tacloban is heart breaking...so it's odd to be here on vacation and so many are suffering...

    lucky to have what we have
     
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  3. West Coast Ace

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    ^^^^^ Thanks for the pictures.

    No San Miguel's before lining the courts! :)

    Yeah, Mother Nature occasionally reminds us who's in charge...
     
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  4. Cris8

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    Just saw this post. Relocated to Manila recently from the NY area.
     
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    what are the best tennis courts to use on the shell courts in the philippines?

    extra-duty balls made for hard courts ok?
     
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  6. djNEiGht

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    I noticed the balls got really fluffed up while playing on shell. We played with what ever we brought and what ever we could buy. All with the same demise and chia petted out. See if you can stock up on some heavy duty or maybe some rated to clay. Haven't tried clay rated tennis balls but would consider next time.
     
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    Extra-duty balls made for hard courts are too heavy and fluff up too easily. Many people here use Slazenger Wimbledons. They wear fast, but they don't get heavy. My favourite is Technifibre X-One. Doesn't fluff, and stays lively long.
     
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    Tennis gear in the Philippines?

    Finally going back to the motherland this July after 11 years. Will be there for a full month. I was wondering if racquets there are priced lower or higher than the racquets here in the states? And what shops do folks purchase their tennis gear from? Any input is greatly appreciated. I'll be in Quezon City the majority of our stay. Salamat!!!!
     
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    aznlob: Hello from QC. Racquets are not cheaper here. Some people here buy at TW then have balikbayan relatives bring it home for them. Most people shop in local chain stores like Toby's and Chris. Used stuff can be found in olx.com, a local craigslist type site.
     
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    Man, that blows! Guess that's to be expected being that it's still a sport that not all can afford over there. Thanks. Where to play over there, if at all?
     
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    aznlob - yeah...expensive. I think I saw a prostaff priced at about $250 when converted.

    I've had friend go there with a racquet and leave it there (sell/gift it). I hooked him up with a batch of strings as he was going to be there for almost 6 months.

    Another friend got a bunch of clearance racquets and sell them over there. They made some money and the buyers saved a whole lot more.

    I heard there is a nice club in Fort Bonifacio. I played at Valley Verde because I have family that are members there. There are many other places that I don't know about. Some relatives that live in QC work at this place called Philippine Publishing House and they have tennis courts on site.

    Consider bringing a racquet you don't mind giving away or even loosing. Bring a couple sets of string as well.
     
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    Dang, I'm scared to even ask about court fees. Living here in the States, I have a hard time paying to play tennis. Maybe I'll just leave the gear at home. :sad:
     
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    Its not that bad I guess. A clay court I play at in Cebu is 250 pesos an hour... thats about 6 USD I guess. Another 100 at night, and another 100 for a ballboy. Though I play with some fellows who do doubles for 2 or 3 hours on one court, and if we have enough players its 50 pesos per game.

    However, the court, even though its maintained daily, is uneven after a lot of play, and you have to keep reminding them to redo the lines, or else you'll never know if the ball was in.

    Also, the heat and humidity is challenging.
     
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  14. aznlob

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    Yeah, the heat is gonna take some adjustment. Arizona, although it's hot, is truly a "dry heat" like they say. That humidity is such a big X factor. I remember I used to play at UP Diliman back in the early 2000's. They charged us around 500P for the courts. AND we had to defer our play whenever a "member" showed up. We couldn't even finish our game/set. I think a lot of it was cuz we were Fil-Ams, but who really knows. When in Rome, right?
     
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    Ehh, yeah, as a Phil-Am myself, I can tell ya interactions with the Filipino tennis players can get weird.

    I used to live next to a court in a fenced off community, it was literally a 5 second walk to get to the court. I used it to the fullest, sometimes playing at night into the later hours. And I assure you, I paid fully for such luxuries. The rent of my home and a monthly fixed fee to access the court.

    Anyway, at some point the club "president", who lived outside the community, got annoyed of me apparently. They went in with their own locks and changed it, then pretty much said in an email I could only play with them on club nights now, saying I took up too much electricity. I didnt want to play with them after that. :|

    I'm sure thats not the whole story, but I wouldnt know. You may have noticed, but they wont speak their mind to your face. :)
     
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    I don't know the court fees at Valley Verde as my Uncle took care of it. One other spot I think it was 200 pesos/hr. I'll have to look at a couple posts back to see if I put the price. Pullot girl was 50 pesos. It was sad when we asked why she wasn't in school. She said it was because she had no baon.

    On the way home we saw here getting some corn from a local street vendor going back home.


    I don't normally bring extra clothes when I play but I'd suggest bringing extra shirts in the humidity. My shirt was drenched and so heavy...wish I had another or two.
     
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