Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mohammed, Davis lead T&T



Mark Fraser

NABEEL MOHAMMED and Emma Davis are among six Under-16 tennis players representing Trinidad and Tobago in the Central America and Caribbean Zone pre-qualifying tournament this week in Dominican Republic for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup.

Mohammed, Jelani Davidson and Clint Singh comprise the Junior Davis Cup team, while Davis, Carissa Rudolfo and Tobagonian Candace Cook are flying the red, white and black in the Junior Fed Cup competition.

Only the winning male and female teams for this tournament will advance to face Canada, Mexico and the United States in the qualifying event in a couple months time.

The top two male and female teams from this competition will contest the main draw of the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup in September.

Mohammed won the Under-16 and 18 titles in last year’s Catch National Junior Championships in March.

Davidson finished runner-up in both finals last year after he had beaten Mohammed for the “Catch” Under-14 crown in 2012.

Singh lost in the Under-16 finals of both the Lease Operators Limited Junior Tournament and Sagicor Junior Tournament last year.

Last year’s national Under-14 and 16 champ Davis and Emma-Rose Trestrail dominated the two categories last season, but the latter could not make this trip because of injury.

Cook, who reached the Under-14 final of an ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament in St Lucia as well as the Tobago Open Junior Tournament last year, replaced Trestrail.

Kyle Hannays is coaching the boys and Jermille Danclar, the previous Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago president, is in charge of the girls.

The tournament served off yesterday and will be contested on a daily basis until Saturday.