Was Rex Calaunan actually ranked like Mamiit? Did he even play the pro circuit? I think Mamiit is the only Filipino that actually made pro after college. I recall seeing him play against Paul Goldstein.jayserinos99 said:^^ i think to answer your question, i believe it's the funding issue that prevents a lot of filipinos to play on the tour. i used to hit with a guy who played for the PI davis cup team a while ago and it was all about the lack of money to travel around and what not. there were a few pinoys that played college ball besides mamiit; rex calaunan played for UW a while ago.
How is that any different from other Nationalities in Asia with their Visas? Why is the Philippines the only one with such Visa problems?Noelle said:What about the problem with visas? I think it might be hard for a person with a Filipino passport to get a visa just to be able to play at tennis tournaments around the world.
well, mamiit turned pro after his freshman year. i don't think calaunan went pro though. as far as endorsements in the PI, after talking with the former PI davis cupper he said it was pretty difficult to get the funding, not so sure about the visas.gmlasam said:Was Rex Calaunan actually ranked like Mamiit? Did he even play the pro circuit? I think Mamiit is the only Filipino that actually made pro after college. I recall seeing him play against Paul Goldstein.
Mamit was even endorsed by Adidas and Wilson. Is it that difficult to get endorsement in the Philippines or companies such as Nike, Adidas, Wilson ignore prospects in the Philippines and instead look elsewhere in other Asian countries such as Japan, India, China or even Korea?
I guess Filipinos have a bad reputation when it comes to international travel, mainly because of the problem of illegal immigration.gmlasam said:How is that any different from other Nationalities in Asia with their Visas? Why is the Philippines the only one with such Visa problems?
What is "po"? Is that like a dialect?mabuhay said:cecil mamiit and eric taino grew up here in u.s. so i guess it was easier for them to compete in pro. players from the philippines needs funding from the corrupt government. i heard that there are lots of good filipino players but the problem is the cost of travel. china is emerging into the sports of tennis and i hope the we have some good filipino players that will emerge soon.
i talked to cecil and eric taino at the mercedes-benz cup here in l.a. last year, they're pretty nice guys to talk to. cecil still uses "po" when he talked to my dad
Well if you were born and raised here then I can understand that but some of us were born and grew up in a different country. I'm a naturalized US citizen so that would make me an American but the Filipino culture and values in me are still strong. I wouldn,t have it any other way. People call themselves or want to be called in some ways because they have reasons. If some people think that "hyphenated nationalities or citizenship" is absurd or what ever description they attach to it, then it basically is an opinion.gmlasam said:Sometimes I laugh when people ask my Grandfather his citizenship. He says " I'm American " with a strong German accent. They kinda smile at him when they hear his accent.
I consider myself American though my heritage is German. I do not say Im German American.
It's the same thing trying to get here from any country. I was engaged to a girl from the Dominican Republic. It took three years to get her an Alien Fianceé (sp?) Visa. There were lots and lots of paper, lots and lots of standing in line, a flat rejection the first time, and a final approval 2 years after the initial rejection. Did I mention that the INS (Immigrationa and Naturalization Service) is a part of the Department of Justice? Trust me, they treated ME like a possible criminal, too. All that shhhhtuff is expensive, too.Noelle said:I guess Filipinos have a bad reputation when it comes to international travel, mainly because of the problem of illegal immigration.
For example, it's extremely difficult to get a tourist visa to the United States. You need to schedule an interview with a consul several months before your trip, a stack of documents is required to show you have property and bank assets in the Philippines (they require this to make sure you have something you'll need to return to and to make sure you have enough money for your stay and won't have to work there to get money), and even if you have these, there's a chance the consul will have a bad feeling about you and simply deny you a visa, no explanations given.
If we had a strong tennis federation in the Philippines I could believe we could swing a few visas for the top Filipino players, but so far I don't see such a thing.
i don't miss it because i haven't played on it, LOL! i started playing here in the US so i have no clue. how is it anyways comparing to other surfaces?nw tennis said:Nice to see so many Filipinos in the house. How many of us miss playing on those shell courts back home?
sounds interesting i will definitely try it next time i visit the philippines, which i don't know when..lolnw tennis said:Shell courts play a lot like clay, as far as speed and bounce. But shell courts feel more sandy than clay courts.
I learned the game on Florida clay, and then hard courts. I played on shell for the first time when i was in my 20s and visiting the Philippines.
Hmmm...now you all can laugh at me as well, but who the hell is Eric Taino??? He is a ranked ATP Pro? The only Filipino I know of that actually made Pro and was ranked was Cecil Mamit. Does Eric play as good as him?rommil said:Here's a funny story...I went to visit relatives in New Jersey and my cousin invited me to play in their "socials" and it just so happened that Eric Taino was there. Anyways, my cousin played mixed dubs against Eric and this middle aged woman. Safe to say Eric adjusted his game to everybody else's pace. The kicker was my cousin did not know who Eric was and when they got done, my cousin said to us"That guy is good", refering to Eric. Everybody just burst laughing.
yes, eric taino is a ranked ATP pro. i think he's career high was probably ranked somewhere in 120's and mamiit was around 70's. he's pretty good, saw him two years ago at the mercedes benz cup here in l.a. and he beat hyung taik lee. i also saw mamiit and taino played an exhibition match in pacific palm resort (city of industry) probably 2 yrs. ago. it was pretty nice but the rain stopped the matchgmlasam said:Hmmm...now you all can laugh at me as well, but who the hell is Eric Taino??? He is a ranked ATP Pro? The only Filipino I know of that actually made Pro and was ranked was Cecil Mamit. Does Eric play as good as him?