The new US Open junior champion, Alex Eala, is very interested in donning the national colors for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
“If my ranking allows it, that’s definitely one of my goals,” the 17-year-old said in an online press conference with local media on Friday.
“I talk a lot about representing the country and that’s one of the biggest steps to doing that. So that’s definitely one of my goals.”
Eala enjoyed a huge boost in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Junior Rankings following his historic US Open conquest.
From No. 167, the budding pride of Filipino tennis jumped 132 notches to No. 35 after amassing 1,106.75 points in the world junior list.
As a pro, Eala is currently No. 297 in the WTA rankings.
Eala is also interested in competing at the Southeast Asian Games, where she picked up a bronze medal in her recent display in Vietnam.
“There hasn’t been any discussion about the SEA Games so far… But I’m definitely ready to join the SEA Games again. I think I have a good chance of getting better results “Eala said.
Eala, a scholarship holder from the Rafael Nadal Academy in Spain, was also happy with the support she received, especially during her final match at the US Open.
Pinoy fans stayed up all night in the Philippines to watch her capture of the US Open title at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“Certainly super surprised when you know that the Philippines is a country dominated by basketball volleyball,” she said.
“I think it’s good that they’re starting to appreciate other sports. It’s important to pay attention to all the athletes.”