Manila, Philippines – Fil-Italian Marc Reyes resumed his quest for professional ranking points by barging into the main draw round of the second leg of the Thailand Futures in Phuket last Sunday.
The 22-year-old Reyes crushed big-serving Natasith Luesantia of Thailand, 6-1, 6-2, in the qualifying to arrange a ﬁrst-round meet with fellow qualiﬁ er Sonchat Rati watana also of Thailand, who whipped compatriots Baramee Wongbanchai, 6-0, 6-0, and Adirek Khudarnpinitvon, 6-1, 6-1, for the main draw slot.
It would be Reyes’ first meeting with Ratiwatana in the pro circuit and the Filipino bet is wary of his chances against the 29-yearold Thai, who has never won a singles title this year but has harvested five doubles crowns with his twin brother, Sanchai.
Jeson Patrombon, meanwhile, earned a spot in the main draw after being likely to climb into No. 985 in the ATP rankings. He is set to meet Grittaboon Prahmanee of Thailand, who trounced Sebastian Edin of Sweden, 6-1, 6-0, and compatriot Pruchya Isarow, 6-3, 6-4, in the qualifying.
Although Patrombon eyes victories in every match, he won’t likely finish the tournament because of his committment with the team competing in the Indonesia Southeast Asian Games tennis competition set to start on Nov. 12.
Patrombon will join veteran Davis Cuppers Cecil Mamiit, Treat Huey and Johnny Arcilla, and female netters Denise Dy, Clarice Patrimonio and Marian Capadocia in the SEAG-bound team. (Kristel Satumbaga)