Born on February 4, 1992, Francis Casey Alcantara is one of the top-ranked Filipino tennis players. Alcanatara, who comes from Cagayan de Oro City, started playing tennis at the age of 7. Coached by Alexander Toledo, the 19 year-old netter won in the 2009 Australian Open Boy’s Doubles with partner Hsieh Cheng-peng, defeating the tandem of Mikhal Biryukov andYasutaka Uchiyama with a score of 6-4, 6-2. The match with Hsieh Cheng-peng was a memorable one, since the pair never lost a set during the entire game. The win also made him the first Filipino netter to win a Grand Slam event. Alcantara reached his highest junior ranking of 14 on January 1, 2009 . He also competed in the boy’s singles in Wimbledon on June 29, 2010, and ranks 20th in the ITF International rankings.
He recently finished his secondary education at the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan High School. The right handed player prefers hard surfaces and is known for a strong double-handed backhand. Due to the lack of funds Filipino athletes the director of the Philippine Tennis Association appealed on Alcantara’s behalf to the private sector to provide funds to help him compete in future international matches. The teen player is increasingly being compared to Felix Barrientos, the best Filipino tennis player who emerged in the 90s and led the national team in the 1991 Davis World Cup.