THE third annual ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament will officially serve off today at Shaw Park in Tobago. Players from all over the world are set to battle in the under-18 division and the under-14 division will involve players from Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Guatemala, St Lucia, the US and Trinidad and Tobago.
However, the hosts will have to manage with the services of their top under-14 players as Anya King, Brianna Lawrence, Daynelle Des Vignes, Che Andrews, Adam Escalante, Kobe James and two-time defending national age-group champs Scott Hackshaw and Emma Davis are competing in the region’s most prestigious tournament, known as JITIC, in El Salvador.
Round-robin group action in the division ended yesterday after getting going the day before. The boys’ under-18 qualifying draw commenced on Saturday and the four matches to determine the qualifiers were contested yesterday. Kriston Anthony, T&T’s only player in qualifying, lost his first match.
Among the 28 boys automatically placed in the main draw are T&T’s Keshan Moonasar, Timothy Davis, Aaron Soo Ping Chow, Ryan Thomas, Samir Elattwy, Junaldo Greig, Clint Singh, Nabeel Mohammed and Brandon Gregoire, who played in an ITF tournament in St Vincent last week.
The girls’ main draw will include T&T’s Danielle Devenish, Carissa Rudolfo and Emma Rose Trestrail.
Davis, Thomas, Rudolfo and national under-16 and 18 champs Trestrail and Mohammed just retuned a few days ago after representing the country in the under-16 division of JITIC.
Thirty players with world junior rankings have entered this week’s tournament, spearheaded by Camila Ramazzini (#541) of Guatemala and Canadian Dane Dunlap (#541). The main draws in both categories will serve off at 9 a.m.