Veteran Philippine Netters Reign Supreme at the PPTO Manila leg

It was a battle between tennis veterans at the Peugeot Philippines Tennis Open (PPTO) Manila leg last February 1-7, 2016, at the Valle Verde Country Club. Thirty-seven year-old netter Rolando Ruel, Jr. decisively defeated Patrick John Tierro with the score of 6-2, 6-1, to bag the PPTO Manila leg’s men’s singles title. Ruel is currently the Philippines’ No. 5 player, while Tierro is the Ateneo de Manila University men’s tennis team head coach and Philippines’ no. 4 netter.

PPTO Manila leg men’s singles champion Rolando Ruel Jr. with a powerful backhand that helped him win against Patrick John Tierro.

Meanwhile, National University tennis team coaching staff Ronard Joven and Karl Santamaria showed the youngsters how it’s done by beating  San Beda’s Noel Damian and Davis Alano in an exciting 6-4, 7-5 match.

In the women’s singles division, Philippines’ No. 4 Marian Capadocia dueled with No. 3 Khim Iglupas for the championship title. After a heart-stopping three rounds, Capadocia emerged victorious with the score of 6-0, 2-6, 6-0.

PPTO NCR Qualifier Women’s Singles champion Marian Capadocia (center) received Php20,000.00 from Peugeot Philippines, Smart and Total, as well as a gift from tournament sponsor Wilson. With her in the photo are (from left) Peugeot Philippines president Glen Dasig, Wilson Brand Head Errol Elicanal, Smart Sports Marketing Supervisor Paolo Dizon and Total Philippines OEM Area Manager Blanche Arreza.

Iglupas didn’t finish the tournament with a total loss as she once again battled with Capadocia at the women’s doubles division. Marian teamed up with her sister Jella Jade, while Iglupas partnered with Shaira Hope Rivera. At the end, the Iglupas-Rivera tandem beat the Capadocia sisters to the score of 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

“We’re very pleased with the roster of talented and world class tennis players that have participated in the five qualifying legs conducted nationwide. We are excited to see them up the ante and battle it out at the PPTO finals,” Glen Dasig, Peugeot Philippines President, said.

Aside from cash prizes from Peugeot Philippines, Total and Smart, and giveaways from tournament sponsor, Wilson, champions of the PPTO Manila leg will complete the roster of players, joining the winners of the four (4) other regional qualifying legs, who will compete in the National Finals to be held in Manila in March 2016.


Division Players Winners Prizes
Men’s Singles Rolando Ruel,Jr.
Patrick John Tierro
Rolando Ruel, Jr.

(6-2, 6-1)

Php 20,000 cash prize;

1 Wilson Juice 100 BLX; Transport & Lodging for National Finals

Women’s Singles Marian Capadocia
Khim Iglupas
Marian Capadocia

(6-0, 2-6, 6-0)

Php20,000 cash prize;

1 Wilson Juice 100 BLX; Transport & Lodging for National Finals

Men’s Doubles Ronard Joven and Karl Santamaria
Noel Damian and Davis Alano
Ronard Joven and Karl Santamaria


Php 11,000 cash prize (per pair); Transport & Lodging for National Finals
Women’s Doubles Khim Iglupas and Shaira Hope Rivera
Marian Capadocia and Jella Jade Capadocia
Khim Iglupas and Shaira Hope Rivera

(3-6, 6-1,6-4)

Php 11,000 cash prize (per pair); Transport & Lodging for National Finals


The PPTO finals will be held from March 14-20, 2016, at the Valle Verde Country Club. Winners of the PPTO will receive the once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the French Open 2016 live. For other information, updates and results, you may visit the official PPTO website ( and the tournament’s official Facebook page:


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