Reyes & Bustamante will play in the Predator International Championship starting Wednesday at SM Mall North Edsa
After waiting three years, Filipino legends Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Reyes will finally get to play in a singles pro event against a stellar international field at The 10th Annual Predator International Championship. For political reasons, the two giants of billiards skipped the past international events for singles in the Philippines and only participated in teams/doubles competitions such as the World Cup of Pool and the World Mixed Doubles Classic.
Now they will go against foreign favorites such as Finland’s Mika Immonen (currently ranked #1 in the world), Shane Van Boening (USA), Rodney Morris (#2 in the USA), and other Filipino greats such as Ronnie Alcano and Lee Van Corteza. These top men will be amongst dozens of other professional players coming from around the world to capture one of pool’s longest running major events. The Predator International Championship, a 10-Ball event and the first major internationally televised in billiards history (four years ago), will take place September 15-18, 2010 at SM City North Edsa in Manila, Philippines. Dragon Promotions will produce the event and Simonis Cloth, Min Tables, Yalin Balls, SM City North Edsa, Puyat Sports, and Star Billiards will sponsor it. This year’s Predator International Championship will air on ABS-CBN and ESPN Star Sports. Eurosport will cover the event in Europe.
Reyes won the 1999 World Championship and his compadre, Bustamante, was crowned World Champion this past summer in Qatar. Reyes, a United States Hall of Famer, is now joined by Django who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in October. As a doubles team, both players bombed out at the World Cup last week but, given their history, audiences can expect a show characteristic of their hall-of-fame status and representative of the play that has led to such illustrious careers .
“I’m very happy to finally play in a singles event in front of my home fans in the Philippines. It’s not something I get a chance to do often, and even though it’s alot of pressure, it really makes me feel good as the people support me,” said Reyes of playing in the Predator International Championship.
Canada’s John Morra, Japan’s Akagariyama Yukio, Lee Chenman of Hong Kong, HA MIN UG of Korea, Bashar Hussain of Qatar ,and Vitaly Pavlukhin of Russia are some of the top foreign players in the field that have come to Manila to compete for this prestigious title. Clearly, it will take extraordinary play to earn victory in this year’s event.
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