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Francis Casey Alcantara, Thai partner withdraw from ITF tourney due to COVID-19 threat

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By Kristel Satumbaga

Francis Casey Alcantara and Thai partner Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul withdrew their quarterfinal match in the 1st Qatar Men’s ITF World Tennis Tour in Doha, Qatar on Thursday in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Francis Casey Alcantara treasures his Davis Cup experience as he competes in more tournaments abroad including this one in Doha, Qatar. (MB File Photo)

Francis Casey Alcantara (MB File Photo)

In an online interview with the Manila Bulletin, Alcantara said they decided to skip the match against Bulgaria’s Alexandar Lazarov and Romania’s Dan Alexandru Tomescu to catch the earliest flights back home.

“Baka maabutan ng lockdown eh, kaya nag-decide na kami ng partner ko na umuwi na lang.”

A few hours after, the International Tennis Federation released a statement postponing “all ITF-sanctioned events across the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, the ITF Beach Tennis World Tour, and the ITF Seniors Tour”.

“This will be reviewed on a weekly basis, but no ITF events will take place until at least the week of Monday, April 20,” said the statement posted on their website.

ITF’s announcement also came on the heels of ATP and WTA’s postponement of their tournament calendars for the next six weeks.

Alcantara and Wishaya are coming off a 3-6, 6-2, 10-4 opening round win over Bulgaria’s Gabriel Donev and Germany’s Milen Ianakiev to jumpstart their title bid in the $15,000 tournament.

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