NABEEL MOHAMMED was left standing alone as all the other under-18 players from host country Trinidad and Tobago were decimated when the Tobago ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament officially served off yesterday at Shaw Park, in Tobago.
The two-time defending national under-16 and 18 champ whipped Victory Janglin of Sweden 6-4, 6-2 and will face second-seeded Jason Legall today for a place in the quarterfinals. Legall is an American but he is connected to this country as his mother was born here.
Saying that T&T players struggled in the division was the understatement of the year as the other 14 who took the court were outclassed.
Adam Scott was the only one of the bunch to win a set, but after after taking the opener 7-5, he did not manage to win another game against Jerome Romualdez of Philippines.
The “double bagel” was a score that was very popular with T&T players as all five girls, Carissa Rudolfo, Danielle Devenish, Cheyenne Chin Choy, Tobagonian Candace Cook and national under-16 and 18 champ Emma Rose Trestrail, failed to trouble the scorers.
Keshan Moonasar was the only one of this country’s boys to receive a 6-0, 6-0, but Timothy Davis and Samir Ellatway only managed one game each and Clint Singh won three.
Ryan Thomas was trailing 6-3, 4-0 when he retired with injury and Aaron Soo Ping Chow and Joshua Arnold also turned in respectable performances. Soon Ping Chow was beaten 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 by No. 8 seed Andrew Quiros of Ecuador and Tobagonian Arnold went under 6-3, 6-4 against Foster Estwick of Barbados.
Brandon Gergoire, who played in an ITF tournament last week in St Vincent, was beaten 6-2, 6-1 by a player from Zambia.
Mohammed is not the only player for T&T in today’s “round of 16” as Tonyah Livonen, who received a “wild card”, had a bye yesterday and will tackle seventh-seeded American Tiffany Huber.
First serve today in both the under-14 and 18 divisions is 9 a.m.