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Hackshaw is ITF U-14 doubles champ again

By Shammi Kowlessar

SCOTT HACKSHAW was crowned under-14 doubles champion for the second week in succession when action in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament wapped up yesterday, at the Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.

As he had done last week in Barbados in the first stage of this two-leg circuit, the two-time defending national age-group champion was triumphant alongside Antiguan Cordell Williams Jr. They defeated Grenadians Davell Thomas and Ukpioronfo Ikolo 7-5, 6-3 in the final, but Hackshaw failed to complete the double when he was beaten 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in the singles final by Ikolo.

Hckshaw had lost in an epic quarter-final in over four hours when they met in Barbados and Ikolo went on to win the title. After combining with St Lucian Meggan William to take the doubles crown the day before, Junior Fed Cup player Emma Davis also failed to complete the sweep when she went under 6-3, 6-3 against Vincentian Alexi Humphrey in the singles final. The two-time defending national under-14 champ had reached the semis of both draws last week.

Adam Escalante, who also played in Barbados, had beaten Che Andrews 5 4 (8/6), 4-1 and Jade Tom Yew had halted Yin Lee Assang 5-3, 4-1 in the consolation finals on Wednesday. National under-16 and 18 champ Nabeel Mohammed and the US-based Ethan Ammon won the only match for the host country in the under-18 division in the first round of doubles at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair, on Tuesday. But then they came up against No. 4 seeds Rasheed Carey of Bahamas and Jason Legall, an American with local roots, in the “round of 16” on Wednesday night and were eliminated 6-3, 6-3. Ammon, Mohammed, and all eight other T&T players-- Jelani Davidson, Nkrumah Patrick, Aaron Soo Ping Chow, Clint Singh, Candace Cook, Juliet Campbell, Carissa Rudolfo, Emma-Rose Trestrail -- were eliminated in first round of singles on Monday. 

National under-16 and 18 champ Trestrial, Rudulfo, Cook, Campbell, Patrick, Davidson and Ryan Thomas were in the doubles draw and they all went out in the first round the day after. The singles semis take place from 9 a.m. today and the doubles finals will follow. The tournament concludes tomorrow.

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