TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Timothy Davis will play for one of the four qualifying places into tomorrow’s main draw when the boys’ under-18 qualifying tournament for the Tobago ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament concludes today at Shaw Park.
After receiving a bye yesterday, Davis will come up against Barbadian Andrew Symmonds, a 6-1, 6-1, winner over American Allen Thornes.
Three other T&T players were also in the draw, but they were all beaten yesterday.
Ryan Thomas, the under-16 champion in last month’s Sagicor Junior Tournament, was only able to win two games from Brazilian Anthony Mendes, but that was still one more than Brandon Gregiore got against American Gui Gomes.
And after winning the first set, Ibrahim Mohammed faded and was beaten 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 by Ethan Saal of the United States.
Mohammed’s younger brother Nabeel, the national under-16 and 18 champ, is among seven T&T boys automatically in the main draw. The others are Kryel Trim, Clint Singh, the United States-based Ethan Ammon as well as Anthony twins, Kristen and Kriston and the Abraham twins.
Joshua, the runner-up in the recent National Championships, and Ty Abraham were beaten in the doubles final of the second stage of this three-leg circuit on Friday in St Vincent.
Danielle Devenish, Juliet Campbell, Makalah Goodridge, Dominique Coutain, Shania Millington, Kezia Koroma and Breana Stampfli are the females from the host country in the draw.
Three-time defending Tranquillity Open champ Stampfli lost in the final of both singles and doubles on Friday in St Vincent after being the doubles champ and singles runner-up in the opening leg in St Lucia.
Under-14 action also served off yesterday and the round-robin group phase will conclude today.
Leading the field of boys is national age-group champ Scott Hackshaw and the list also includes Adam Escalante, Adam Scott, Che Andrews, Liu Chin, Joshua Arnold, Adam Scott, Flynn Von Waldau and Kobe James. They are competing in six groups, while there are only eight girls and they have been placed in two groups. National under-14 and 16 champ Emma Davis and Emma Rose Trestrail are the top two.
First serve today is 9 a.m.