Janus Al-Najeeb Empredo Ringia known as “JANUS” is a Filipino junior tennis player, currently ranked No. 7 in men’s singles U-16 Unified Tennis Philippines(UTP). Ringia had won 2 international Gold Medals in singles and doubles title, the 2017 Junior Davis Cup qualifier held in India. And year 2014 Milo tennis championships titles In Penang, Malaysia. He was continuously ranked in the top ten men’s junior under-16 category from year 2016 continued as of the latest September 2017.
Ringia latest achievement as a tennis player was when he got a runner up title in the Cebuana Lhuiller held in Isulan. But it was not yet the greatest. For him, the latest achievement that he had was when they got a gold medal in the Qualifying Junior Davis Cup held in India.
Janus, can’t believed that he’s now a pro player, Because he knew that anyone can be a pro with hard work and talent. he said;
Name: Janus Al-Najeeb Ringia
Local Career: Rank #7 UTP Boys 16-Under Category
Country Residence: Koronadal City, Philippines
Plays: Right handed
EARLY LIFE CAREER
Janus Ringia started playing tennis at age of 7(seven) in the local club of Koronadal City Tennis Club. His parents, Father and Mother are the main heroes from the start of his career as tennis player. He quoted “my parents are always and will be the ones who will always support me”.
Janus, first local single title achievement was the best time in his tennis career. Year 2009, GSIS HEIGHT TENNIS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS. His third tournament was when he was 10 years and under. He got a runner up title.
Janus Al-Najeeb, first age group competition, year 2009. I can’t remember the tournament but i was held in Isulan. Maybe I was 7 that time. I lost first round and that was the moment that I realized that I loved the sport.(said on Philtennis interview)
My first regional school competition achievement was when I was grade 3. We got a gold medal in doubles. My partner was Nicole Gorospe. Also a great player to look at.
I just got 1 attempt. After that, i practiced hard and I did not aspire to get a gold medal for the fact that Region 12 have tons of unpredictable players.(he said Philtennis)
My first palarong pambansa achievement is when I was grade 6. In team event we got Gold. And in the individual. I got silver. (he said)
First SRAA, first Palaro. My partner Nicole Gorospe did not dream to be in Palaro, Because there were players a head of us that are more skilled. But we still fought until we got the first Philippine prestigious tennis title crowned.
Ringia’s, first international singles title, became his favorite tournament among the rest it was 3 years ago last 2014. Milo tennis championships, In Penang, Malaysia.
“My first gold medal in a international tournament held in Malaysia was the most favorite travel experienced in my tennis career” (he said on Philtennis interview).
” In playing tennis, my greatest memorable experience is whenever I fall or stumble at the court, I always stand up. I believe that it is more embarrassing to not picking yourself up rather than falling a million times.
I have many downfalls in my tennis career and I set that as my motivation and inspiration. For a player to fights and win or to learn “.
My motto is. “There’s a single light in every darkness” because we should aspire on catching that light or what we called “dream”.
I am aspiring to be a part of a varsity team at UP Diliman. Not only for tennis but also my academics.
For my top 5 secret words and advices to our next future Filipino tennis stars.
- Discipline – when it’s time for training, train. Learn from your mistakes and follow your coaches and parents. Give precious time and moment for tennis.
- Patience – improving at tennis takes years. Perfecting one stroke is as hard as it could be but never stop learning which leads us to… our number 3.
- Run – run for every ball. As my coach (Arnel Berdan) said. Never stop and never let a ball pass through you. Every point counts so run for everyball.
- Respect – respect all players. Have friends! Enjoy tennis life. It’s not all about winning. At the end of the day, you’re still gonna look back at the happy moments you did with your tennis friends.
- Balance – tennis can be time consuming and it could steal time at your school. Balance it. Becoming a great student and player is one way of success.