Jericho “Bojek” Delos Santos – is a Filipino tennis player. He is now one of the raising champions of UE Red Warriors Men’s Lawn Tennis Team and recently champions the most prestigious college sports event, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 Lawn Tennis Champion.
Name: Jericho ‘Bojek’ Delos Santos
Local Career: UAAP Season 79 Champion
Country Residence: Philippines
Plays: Right Handed/ One Handed Backhand
Current Position: Studied at University of East(UE) varsity player.
Jericho started as rags in playing the lawn tennis. He even borrowed a tennis racket to his fellow tennis player to join in a summer clinic for a free lesson, then worked hard to develop his skills in tennis self-training. Bojek learned to play the lawn tennis at the age of (6) and became a ball boy (pulot boy) at the age of (7) in a local club in General Santos City, Philippines when his Father work as trainer coach.
Bojek’s local humble journey started, as he joined the Cotabato Regional Athletic Association (CRAA) meet where he achieved first bronze medalist at the age of (8) and continued his career journey SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletic Association (SRAA) where he finished as Gold and Bronze medalist at the age of (9).
He smashed his first ever champion title at the age of (9) held in General Santos City sponsored by Smart-Head Junior Age-Group National Tennis Tour. Eventually, he played in Palarong Pambansa. He is Bronze and Silver Medalist in Palarong Pambansa 2014, continue dominating and hailed as Champion earning Gold Medalist in Palarong Pambansa 2015.
Its a big bang for Bojek, when he got the attention of the University of the East when they offered him to become a varsity player. It opens the door to his dream, knowing that it will be his ticket to become a Professional Tennis Player.
Recently, UE Red Warriors Men’s Lawn Tennis Team made history by winning the University’s first ever UAAP Men’s Lawn Tennis crown after turning back the UST Growling Tigers, three matches to one, in Game 2 of the UAAP 79 Men’s Lawn Tennis Finals last March 22, 2017, at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center in Manila.
Bojek made an impressive performance in his contribution in UAAP Season 79 Men’s Lawn Tennis Finals giving (UE) the championship crown. He is now one of the members of UE Red Warriors Men’s Lawn Tennis Team together with Reun Hibionada, Rodolfo Barquin Jr., Aj Lim Jr., Josshua Kinaadman, Paolo Baran, Harry Dave Karon, Rogelio Estaño Jr., Jomar Medalla, Rolly John Saga and Justine Salinas.
PhilTennis.com has given the opportunity to interview Bojek and share this very inspiring story of Jericho “Bojek” Delos Santos.
He uncovers to us his five secrets to become a champion,
– Hard work,
I was a “pulot boy” back then, but by God’s grace, I became a varsity due from my hard works. Even if it’s not easy because we don’t have enough money to support my studies.
In tennis, all you need is patience because if you don’t have, you don’t have any place in tennis.
– Practice and Self-Discipline,
My secrets of why I achieved all these is that I practiced self-discipline, always find a way to
– Accept Pieces of Advice,
Accept bits of advice from elders and coaches especially in my parents(Papa & Mama), and most of all I didn’t lose faith in God.
– Say no to Drugs,
Refrain from drugs and work hard is what you need to deserve a title of being a champion and don’t ever forget to thank God now and then for the talent he had given to us.
Bojek said that he is more than thankful for everything that he has.
Jericho ‘Bojek’ Delos Santos, from a “pulot boy” to a varsity player, is a living proof that there is no impossible if you strive hard for your dreams.
Continue smashing your goals, Bojek.