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Lim, 17, braces for Davis Cup challenge.

Alberto Lim Jr. is ready to take on the challenge of becoming the youngest Filipino Davis Cupper in recent years.

'It's a very big opportunity for me to be part of the team, and I'm ready for the challenge,' said the 17-year-old Lim.

He would be 17 years and nine months old when the Philippines hosts Indonesia on Feb. 3 to 5 at Philippine Columbian Association clay-shell courts.

Francis Casey Alcantara was 17 years and three months when he played his maiden Davis Cup match in 2009 shortly after winning the juniors doubles title in the Australian Open.

Barrientos debuted for the PH Davis Cup team in 1984 at 16.

Already, hopes are high for the feisty, big-hitting Lim who is now No. 34 in the world juniors from as high as No. 12.

'When the country needs me, I'm always going to be ready,' added the native of Matatalaib, Tarlac.

'And I'm just trying to keep on improving every single day, so that I can make my country proud.'

Lim is set to join Alcantara, Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey in the Asia/Oceania Group 2 tie.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Jan 9, 2017
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