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Eala wins Siddayao Award

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ALEX Eala bags the prestigious Siddayao Award in the SMC-PSA Annual Awards Night.    Photograph courtery of RAFEL NADAL TENNIS ACADEMY

Rising tennis star Alex Eala leads a compact list of young, promising athletes who will have their share of centerstage in the coming SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night.
The 14-year-old Eala along with nine others, are the recipients of the 2019 Tony Siddayao awards during the 6 March gala night at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel.
The award, named after the late former Manila Standard sports editor Antonio “Tony” Siddayao and considered as the Dean of Philippine sportswriting, is given to young, emerging athletes 17-year-old and below, who excelled in their respective fields.
Eala exactly embodies it especially in a year that saw her finished in the top 10 of the world junior rankings by the end of 2019.
Following her maiden grand slam title after winning the Australian Open girls’ doubles tournament along with partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho, the Filipina wonder is now ranked No. 4 in the world.
Bemedalled age-group swimmers Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Marc Bryant Dula share the honor with Eala in the special yearly event by the country’s oldest media organization headed by Tito S. Talao, sports editor of the Manila Bulletin, and presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Cignal TV, Philippine Basketball Association, AirAsia, and Rain or Shine.

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