Alcantara, Gonzales join second $25,000 tournament in Florida

Published February 23, 2021, 6:36 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales seek to regain composure when they see action in the second leg of the ASC BMW $25,000 Men’s World Tennis Tour in Naples, Florida this week.

Alcantara and Gonzales, who are only in their second tournament since pandemic sidelined them for almost a year, are set to clash with unseeded Americans Justin Butsch and Alex Rybakov in the opening round Tuesday (early Monday in Manila) of the 16-pair main draw field.

Both Alcantara and Gonzales, and Butsch and Rybako lost their respective first-round matches in the first leg of the $25,000 Futures claycourt event last week.

The PH Davis Cuppers yielded to third seed Alejandro Gomez of Colombia and Israel Alexander Ore of the United States, 4-6, 6-1, 10-1.

Playing together for years especially during Davis Cup competitions, Alcantara and Gonzales hope they could bounce back mightily and nail that first win this year.