A Legend’s Daughter
Christine Patrimonio on her tennis career and life after
Text by EXCEL V. DYQUIANGCO
HER LOVE FOR TENNIS started through a video game known as Virtual Tennis. Christine Patrimonio then eight years old, initially played basketball and figure skating but later enrolled in a summer tennis camp to hone her skills. “Tennis offers me less strenuous physical activities as compared to playing basketball,” the court stunner said. “You have to use every part of your body and it’s really a mental sport. You can’t focus if there’s a distraction.” The daughter of legendary player Alvin Patrimonio, Christine further improved her craft by embarking on a journey to Altur and Alvariño Centro de Tennis in Valencia, Spain to practice and train. Her sister, Clarice, also joined her in this tennis journey. After such a stint, she joined National University’s first Women Tennis Team. Part of her routine involved spending four hours each day playing tennis: two hours in the morning, and another two in the afternoon. In between, she spent time in the gym for an hour.
Meanwhile when it came to her presence on the court, the fact that many people knew she was trained abroad made her feel pressured at the onset – she claimed she felt the weight on her shoulders not only by her coach and her teammates but the University as a whole. “The pressure is there of course,” she recalled. “They know I was trained in Spain and I am Number One in the Philippines. The pressure is there before. They are expecting a lot from me.” Christine’s first game for the university was for the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) where they defeated University of Santo Tomas under the doubles category. Soon enough, through willful courage, NU’s Women Tennis Team finally bagged the coveted championship in 2014. “I think our determination and confidence led to our win,” she said. “On our first year, we know we are the underdog and we know we have nothing to lose, although we know how to defend.”
With all her feat, Christine believes that a big part of what she has become today is through the motivation of her family, especially her dad who has always been encouraging her and very supportive of her dreams. “My dad is very supportive in everything we do, he always tells us to just do your best, play your game just focus, and do one hundred percent in every point.” Her dad taught her to never give up in any challenges she faces, even when it means she feels losing the game. Case in point: she has never stepped back in her game despite experience body cramps, especially when she was not able to hydrate well. “Even when I have cramps, I will still play,” Christine said.
Now at 25, Christine has reached her prime years. Although one of her future plans is to put up her own business someday, she knows she will never set aside her first love. “Of course tennis will never fade away in my life and I think even if I get old, I still be playing for club service or members,” she says. “Tennis will always be a part my life.”
Born to Alvin and Cindy Patrimonio in Cainta, Rizal, Christine was the MVP for Seasons 76 and 78. She also took part in the SEA Games in Laos in 2010 where the women’s team clinched the bronze title.
She took up BS Business Admin- istration Marketing Management at National University. Aside from playing tennis, her hobbies include spending time with her family and her dogs, and playing arcade and basketball.
She looks up to Garbine Muguruza, Serena Williams and Roger Federer as her role models in tennis. Her quota- tion in life best exemplifi es her playing the sport: “Never give up on what you love doing and always do your best in everything.”