Foreigners hunting ‘RBC’ tennis titles

By Shammi Kowlessar

FOREIGNERS Christopher and Alexander Thorpe and Kristen Marticorena were among the players who advanced to the knockout stage when the RBC Junior Tennis Tournament continued yesterday at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.
Australian Christopher Thorp lost the least games of any Under-10 player in the round-robin phase and is the top seed in the 16-player knockout draw.
The other seeded players are Ebolum Nwokolom Johnny Su and Liam Shepphard, respectively.
Thorp’s brother Alexander is not seeded in the Under-12 category, but he could be a danger to top seed and overwhelming favourite Samuel West and No. 2 seed Ethan Jerry.
Marticorena from came out of the Under-10 round-robin group phase with the second best record and the Guatemalan is definitely a contender for the title, along with top seed Solange Skeene and national age-group champ Kayla Frank.
Anya King and Tonyah Ivonen are seeded first and second, respectively, in the Under-14 division, but Aura Whittier and Brianna Lawrence also have to be respected.
In the boys’ equivalent division, Adam Escalante and George Young Sing came out of the round-robin phase with the best records, respectively.
The girls’ Under-12 event is a straight round-robin with five players and Lily Lanser and Victoria Koylass could be the ones fighting of the title.
The same is the case in the boys’ Under-18 category and Gianluc Robinson and Ross Hackshaw are the principals.
Hackshaw’s brother Scott is seeded second in the Under-16 draw, but the national under-14 champ is the favourite, ahead of top seed Keshan Moonasar.
Both Under-16 draws are knockout from the start and national Under-14 and 16 champ Emma Davis and Emma Rose Trestrail are the top two seeds, respectively, in the girls’ draw.
The 37th annual tournament will continue on a daily basis until Thursday and the knockout draws begin from 9 a.m. today.
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