14 year old Filipino tennis star Alex Eala says she has been training once again at the Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca, Spain while maintaining the new guidelines and continues to remain focused on playing pro events when the circuit resumes.
Speaking to PhilStarGlobal, Eala says, "It’s (the Nadal academy) a pretty big place and ever since COVID-19 shut down places, they gave us a lot of rules like social distancing. But we are allowed and we still get the same practice”.
Eala says she was supposed to play 12 pro events this year but will now have to wait and see how things go when the circuit resumes. “I still want to become a pro. The plan was really big this year because I was supposed to join 12 tournaments.
But obviously, it was put on hold and I haven’t really planned out the whole year yet. “But the focus right now is playing in the pros." The 14 year old won her very first match at the pro level, beating Venezuelan Nadia Echeverria in Monastir, Tunisia in her first ITF pro tournament before going down in the second round in early March just prior to the shutdown.
Eala is currently ranked No. 4 in the ITF junior world rankings and won the Australian Open junior doubles title earlier this year. She and her Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho beat the European duo of Slovenia's Ziva Falkner and Britain's Matilda Mutavdzic, 6–1, 6–2 in the final. Eala also reached the third round of the girls singles event in Melbourne.