Rob Raines, Ezequiel Gils, Jesse Frieder
Rob Raines, Ezequiel Gils, Jesse Frieder

Jesse Frieder from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States was impressed by the Filipino junior tennis players he recently coached. He and his fellow U.S. NCAA Division I coaches Ezequiel Gils of Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA and Rob Raines of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA trained 20 young athletes at the DreamBig Gold Series Tennis Camp at Manila Polo Club in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines from January 11-12, 2020.

Frieder praised the athletes for their coachability. The Boston University coach said, “The players here are very coachable, which leads me to believe that if they to end up in any of our teams, we could help them reach for the sky because they’re open to learning and improving.”

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One of the Filipino junior tennis players who participated in the camp was Sebastien Lhuillier, 16. His mother Bea Lucero Lhuillier, 47, won a bronze medal in taekwondo in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

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Gils, Raines and Frieder were impressed with the campers and their eagerness to learn. According to the coaches, almost all the players showed potential to play at the Division I level.

DreamBig Events founder and CEO Akshay Maliwal said the events company is bringing in more camps and tournaments for tennis, golf and soccer in 2020 to give local junior athletes the opportunity to be discovered by Division I US universities coaches who can help them reach their personal goals and the country’s dream to have Filipino players compete at the international stage. Read more about the camp on Conan Daily.