TENNIS is enjoyed by millions of recreational players & is also a hugely popular worldwide spectator sport, especially the 4 Grand Slam tournaments (also referred to as the “Majors”), namely: the Australian Open (played on hard courts), the French Open (played on red clay courts), the Wimbledon (played on grass courts), & the US Open (played also on hard courts). A tennis match is intended to be continuous because stamina is a relevant factor, arbitrary delays are not permitted. – Wikipedia

In a 2nd class city like Ozamiz, basketball & perhaps soccer are still more popular than tennis. Although not insanely popular now, tennis is nothing new to the city & its residents. As tennis increases in popularity to some adults & young recreational players alike, there are also a surprising number of tennis courts springing up in the city & even in the nearby smaller towns. Thus, on the feast day of Our Lady of the Immaculate, the city’s patron saint, friendly tennis matches have been organized as one of the highlights of the city’s fiesta celebration.

What:  Ozamiz City Open 2012/Pactolin’s Cup 2012 (a friendly mini-tournament)
Category:  Men’s Singles and Junior/Kids’ Singles
Organized by:  Jeanette Ratilla Pactolin for OCTA
When:  December 8, 2012 (Saturday), 8:00 AM till 6:00 PM
Where:  Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental 7200, Philippines
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“What’s not to love about tennis? It’s a great workout, requires sharp tactical skills & can give you a pretty sweet tan, & if you get really good at it, you become filthy rich.” – Sean Gregory | @seanmgregory

“Passion for tennis is the feeling of excitement that you get when you extend your arm preparing for your swing, as the ball & your racquet meet squarely right before it begins to fly across the net, with such speed & power.” – Amy Stephan

“I’m passionate about it like you have a passion for cooking or dancing. I just love to play. Once I get out there, it’s such a happy time. Doubles is like a chess game, & with singles, you get satisfaction because it’s just you. It’s what you do. You can’t blame anyone else & it’s a lot more exercise.” – Diane Hoffman, 84