THE House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution paying tribute to the historic win of Alex Eala in the Junior Grand Slam Girls Singles in the 2022 US Open Tennis – the first-ever Filipino to do so – held in Flushing Meadows in New York.
House Resolution (HR) No. 362 was filed by filed by Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, House Majority Leader and Zamboanga City Rep. Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, House Minority Leader and 4Ps party-list Rep. Marcelino Libanan, senior Deputy Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos, Tingog party-list Reps. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and Jude A. Acidre.
“Alex’s feat underscores the kind of dizzying heights the country has achieved in tennis and her exemplary performance, which is one of the greatest in Philippine sports history, deserves utmost commendation and distinction for the honor and glory it brought to the country,” the resolution said.
“Resolved by the House Of Representatives, to congratulate and commend Alexandra “Alex” Maniego Eala for being the first Filipino to win the Junior Grand Slam Girls Singles Title in the 2022 US Open Tennis.”
HR 362 was consolidated with 15 other resolutions, namely HR Nos. 352, 353, 355, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 363, 366, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 375, and 377.
PBA party-list Rep. Migs Nograles said “Thank you Alex Eala for giving pride and honor to all Filipinos with your historic championship win in the US Open girls singles competition. Your feat will definitely inspire more young Filipinos to pursue excellence not only in the world of sports but in other worthy endeavors. May your victory serve as a beacon for all Filipinos to work harder and dream bigger so that they too can reach greater heights. Congratulations!”
The resolution recounted the journey of Eala in the world of tennis before her great win in the recent US Open.
Eala was ranked 10th seed in the tournament and climbed up the ladder by defeating higher ranked players, including 8th seed Taylah Preston from Australia and 9th seed Victoria Mboko from Canada.
She went on to beat in an intense match 2nd seed and World Junior No. 3 Lucie Havlickova of the Czech Republic during the US Open finals.
“Alex, who spent the whole year playing in the professional level, was a masterclass in her return to juniors as she did not drop a single set in six matches,” the resolution said.
“An ambassador of the Philippines in tennis and eager to promote the sport among her countrymen, an emotional Alex dedicated her victory to the Filipino people during the trophy presentation with these remarkable words: ‘Buong puso ko itong ipinaglaban, hindi lang para sa sarili ko kundi para makatulong din ako sa kinabukasan ng Philippine tennis. So hindi lang ‘to panalo ko, panalo natin ‘to.’”
A copy of the resolution will be sent to Eala.