TRINIDAD and Tobago's Colin Ramasra is expected to be among the top four seeds in the men's draw when the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championship serves off with individual events at two venues in north Trinidad this morning.
Players from eight countries will be doing battle over the next eight days and Queen's Park Oval Squash Club, St Clair, is the back-up arena to main venue, the Cascadia Squash Club in St Ann's.
Ramasra, who became this country's first professional player about five years ago, is a six-time national champion and was the runner-up in this tournament in 2007 and '09. The seedings were determined during last night's captain's meeting and three-time national champ Josh Pinard could also be among the 16 seeded players.
Rhea Khan, who has been crowned national champion an incredible 17 times, should be among the eight female seeds and there may even be a place for reigning national champ Charlotte Knaggs, who was recently crowned Caribbean under-17 champ for the second straight year.
But Kerrie Sample, the Briton with local roots who won the '09 under-19 crown, has not competed in this tournament for the last two years and is not expected to be seeded.
Ryan Abraham, former champion junior Kale Wilson, Chayse MaQuan and Patrick brothers, Mandela and Nku, are the other local men competing, while the other females from the host country are Gen Shim, Joanna Augustus, Talia Abdool and Jessica Scott.
The individual events will be contested until Tuesday night and team events, featuring Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States), Venezuela and T&T, will take place from Wednesday until next Saturday.
First serve today is 10 a.m.