The future star Ibarra Ortega Jr. a.k.a “Jr” is a Filipino male tennis player, who was a silver medalist in the singles event and bronze medalist in team event during the Palarong Pambansa 2017 held in San Jose, Antique. He’s a kind of a humorous guy from Dumaguete City, Philippines.
Ibarra Jr. balanced his time being an athlete at the same time a student by time management and practicing during his free time. In fact, he is currently Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA) ranked 17th in category 16-U boys and ranked 19th in 18-U boys as of 2017 record. But he still managed to be a good student as Senior High School, Dumaguete City.
Name: Ibarra Ortega Jr.
Current Residence: Dumaguete City
Local career record: Palarong Pambansa 2017 Silver Medalist in Singles Event
International career record: None
Plays: One handed forehand/ Two handed backhand
Ibarra started playing tennis when he was 7 years old during his stay in Mindanao. It was an unexpected event in his life that caused him to stopped playing tennis when they transferred in Dumaguete City, Philippines. Later on, he still continued his sport when he was 11 years old until the present.
It was Ibarra’s father who inspired him to play tennis since it was his sport before. Jr. said (when the first time he tried to hold the tennis racquet, he felt something incredible, feeling like this sport will lead him to the top of his ambitions). With that feeling, he fell in love to play tennis.
His dream to become a future star Filipino tennis athlete wasn’t that easy to come true, but he worked hard and indeed, he got his first achievement when he was Grade 9 student during the local Regional Competition meet particularly Negros Island Region (NIR) where he got his first bronze, silver and 2 Golds medals from that event.
However, Ibarra Jr.’s first champion in (PHILTA) age group regional tournament when he was 12 years old and it was held in Dumaguete City Sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop Pera Padala.
His greatest memorable experience in playing tennis when Ibarra won champion during his 2nd attempt tournament. That was his inspiration to work hard, play hard and smash to the top.
His motivations/inspirations in playing tennis are his family, friends especially God. They were there during his biggest accomplishments that he could share to the readers especially in this sport. Winning is not just about the pride and fame, but about the hard works you spent, motivations you took, and passion you possess that you can repay for yourself.
This is the quote he wants to share is taken from Roger Federer saying, “There is no way around the hard work, embrace it.”
Top 5 secrets he had learned in playing lawn tennis to become a future star champion:
1. You must have the passion.
2. You must practice every day.
3. You must discipline yourself.
4. You must listen to the pieces of advice from your coaches, trainers, and etc.
5. You must take all the risk emotionally, physically and mentally.
Ibarra’s biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge? is that, when no one wants to play with him because of the level player that he had before. He worked hard and he made a decision to focus on training so that he can play better.
That’s why he always went early to the court around (1:00 PM) to practice. But all he did was walling in the court and waited for someone to play with him.
Recent Local Current Singles Career:
Matchup Respective Foe’s
|Palarong Pambansa 2017||April 23-29, 2017||Province of Antique, Philippines||Joma Pague||Hard||Singles||Finals||(3-8)||Lost|
|Palarong Pambansa 2017||April 23-29, 2017||Province of Antique, Philippines||John Steve Palasan||Hard||Singles||Semi Finals||(8-4)||Won|