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Madis, Velez Top Davao Tilt

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Tennielle Madis racked up three wins while John David Velez posted two victories and a runner-up finish as they captured the MVP honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Davao leg regional age-group tennis circuit at the GSIS Tennis Club yesterday.

Madis crushed Joji Taketomi, 4-0, 4-0, to run away with the 10-unisex crown then the rising star from Mlang took the girls’ 12-U diadem with an equally lopsided 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Jillian Manangking. She later teamed up with Sanchena Francisco and edged Taketomi and Shaun Globasa, 8-5, for the 10-unisex doubles title in the Group 2 event backed by the Philippine Sports Commission and presented by Slazenger.

Velez, on the other hand, came away with a 6-1(ret.) win over Andre Sing for the boys’ 14-U plum then partnered with Cedric Pamplona and held off Kurt Haro and Sing, 8-5, for the 14-U doubles crown. The young local ace, however, fell short against second seed Klyde Lagarde from Gen. Santos City, 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-7, in the 16-U final of the tournament sanctioned by Philta and held in conjunction with the Araw ng Dabaw celebrations.

Counting his victories in Butuan and Cagayan de Oro stops of the nationwide circuit put up by the country’s leading pawnshop and remittance center, Velez clinched a three-month training stint in Australia under the Mac’s Crankit Tennis Academy.

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