February 21, 2024

Rafa Nadal Academy gives nod to alum Alex Eala for achievements in Asian Games

Rafa Nadal Academy gives nod to alum Alex Eala for achievements in Asian Games
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Alex Eala proved herself as one of the continent's best tennis players after putting up a fight en route to two bronze medal finishes in her debut in the Asian Games.

The 18-year-old tennis sensation's first bronze came in the women's singles after a gallant stand against top seed Zheng Qinwen in the semifinals. The other podium finish came via a mixed doubles bronze with Francis Alcantara.

The Rafa Nadal Academy gave Eala her flowers for a historic debut in the continental tournament.

"Alex Eala wins the Philippines' first women's singles tennis medal in 61 years! VAMOS! Her bronze win at the #AsianGames🥉also marks the nation's first tennis podium since 2006 in Doha. 🎾 MABUHAY!"

Eala graduated from the prestigious school of legend Rafael Nadal last June. She is set to continue building upon her young professional career after a relatively successful stint in the Asian Games. Eala is currently ranked 190 in the world, her highest to date.