T&T sixth in ITF at Shaw Park
TRINIDAD and Tobago finished sixth of the ten participating countries in the recent ITF (International Tennis Federation) 13 & Under Caribbean Development Championships at Shaw Park, Tobago.
With star player Scott Hackshaw missing a significant portion of the one-week tournament because of heat exhaustion, the host country ended up with 16 points.
Champions Suriname and Aruba were clearly superior to the other teams and ended with 34 and 28 points. But T&T were just three points behind the three teams which finished deadlocked for third place—Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia.
Joshua Arnold turned in the best results for T&T as he reached the semi-finals of both singles and doubles. He finished fourth in singles, while his doubles partner Kobe James ended up 15th, three places behind national under-12 champ Hackshaw and one position ahead of Adam Scott.
Scott combined with Barbadian Gabriel Taylor and they made it to the quarter-finals.
This country's females, Emma Davis and Daynelle Des Vignes, also reached the last eight in doubles and ended up placing seventh and ninth, respectively, overall.
Kyle Hannays and David Ramsumair were the coaches of the T&T team.
Final team standings:
1. Suriname – 34 points; 2. Aruba – 28; 3. Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia – 19; 6. T&T – 16; 7. Bermuda – 11; 8. Antigua & Barbuda – 8; 9. Guyana – 6; 10. Bonaire – 2.