Friday, December 15, 2017

Charles back for doubles tourney

 DARRON CHARLES returns to competition after a long absence today in the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association’s (TTBA) Doubles Tournament at Central Regional Indoor Sport Arena, Chaguanas.

The former national champ, who has not played a tournament in over three years, will combine with Roger Moore.

Former top player and current TTBA interim president Derwin Renales is playing alongside last year’s second-ranked under-17 player Adrian Nicholson, while Nicholson’s nemesis and doubles partner in juniors, Will Lee, combines with Allister Espinoza, runner-up the last two editions of the National Championships.

Nationals doubles champs Keston Friday and Kerwin Pantin, the defending and six-time national singles champ, are seeded to win the title in the 16-draw. Two-time national champ Rahul Rampersad and Justin Siu are the second seeds and the draw also includes the tandem of German Milind Ogale and five-time national singles champ Anil Seepaul, who is also a multiple national doubles and mixed doubles champ.

Kamasha Robertson and Arthur Alexander are among the seven pairs in the mixed doubles draw. The field also includes Espinoza and national Under-17 champ Jada Renales, while veteran Stephanie Mitchell will compete alongside last year’s national Under-19 champ Jason Ramjass.

There will also be women’s, over 40 and 50 events, but the highlight of the day is expected to be a doubles exhibition featuring the four members of the Cuban team who are training alongside the T&T players here for the next two weeks.

The headline act is Olseni Guerrero, the Pan American champ who is ranked 53rd in the world.

First serve is 9 a.m.