Brent Nathan Concepcion-So may just be 10 years old but winning his first national title is a big step forward. Brent is the nephew of retired professional tennis player Roland So.
Brent has shown he has the tools to be a future netter. And from the looks of it, glimpses of that may finally be taking place.
Brent was a virtual unknown and silent entry in the 10-under age group of the 27th Andrada Cup Tennis Championships held at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center. But all that could soon change with his conquest in the age group, a three-set win over Mica Ella Emana (4-5, 5-3 and 5-2).
In an exclusive interview with MB Online, Brent details what was going on in his mind during the crucial stage of the match.
At match point, it was Mica who was set to serve. With that scenario likely the turning point of the match, Brent shares what was going on in his mind at that point.
“I just wanted to like whack the ball crazy because it was already match point,” says Brent. He did just that after Mica’s serve. “When I saw it come a bit short, I just made a drop shot and she wasn’t able to catch it and then it was only then I realized I won!” says Brent ecstatically.
So how did he feel when he finally won his first major title?
“I just felt like shouting when I won! It feels amazing because this is my first time to be champion in Group 1,” he delightfully adds.
After netting his first major title, Brent plans to work on his game some more and hopefully rack up more titles in the future and hopefully broaden his friends in the world of tennis.
“I just want to be more famous and make friends with others,” says Brent who is actually the nephew of Davis Cupper and Philippine tennis player Roland So.
Roland So has since retired from professional tennis. He now runs a sports equipment company and distributes Tecnifibre in the Philippines.
“Finding your passion is the first step to achieving fulfillment,” says Roland when asked on his thoughts of Brent’s breakthrough on the sport.