BREANA STAMPFLI spearheads a list of 17 players from Trinidad and Tobago competing in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament in St Vincent.
The main draw in both categories served off yesterday, following the boys’ Under-18 qualifying draw and the round-robin group action in the Under-14 division over the weekend.
Stampfli is in grand form as she has reached the doubles final of her last three ITF events and walked away with two titles.
Just three days ago, the three-time defending Tranquillity Open champ contested both the singles and doubles finals in the first stage of this three-leg Caribbean Junior Circuit and walked away with the doubles crown.
Stampfli won doubles three weeks ago when she took her very first ITF title in Jamaica and then lost in the doubles final the next week in Dominican Republic.
The 494th-ranked junior in the world reached the quarter-finals of singles in Jamaica and the round of 16 in Dominican Republic and is seeded third this week.
As a result, Stampfli was on a bye yesterday, but Makalah Goodridge, Danielle Devenish, Kryel Trim, Shania Millington as well as Kezia Koroma and Joshua Abraham—the runners-up in the recent National Championships—were scheduled to play yesterday.
Tobagonians Koroma and Millington reached the second round last week, but Goodridge, Devenish, Trim and Abraham were eliminated in the first.
Abraham’s twin brother Ty won a match last week and the 1,396th-ranked junior in the world received the eighth and final seeding in the boys’ draw.
National Under-16 and 18 champion Nabeel Mohammed won two matches in qualifying, but lost the final one and failed to make the main draw for the second week in succession.
Anthony twins, Kristen and Kriston, lost their first qualifying match again, along with Nkrumah Patrick, who did not play in St Lucia.
Millington reached the semi-finals of doubles last week, while Mohammed, who reached the Under-16 quarter-finals of JITIC in the Dominican Republic recently, made it to the last eight.
After reaching the Under-14 final of both singles and doubles last week, Tobagonian Candace Cook reached the main draw again, along with doubles partner Anya King, a singles semi-finalist in St Lucia.
Kobe James and Tobagonian Joshua Arnold are also in the main draw again, but Danyel Angus did not make it this time and is in the consolation draw.
The final leg of the circuit serves off Monday in Tobago.