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'Davis' screening is a bust

De Caires, Soo Ping Chow only players to show

By Shammi Kowlessar

THE Davis Cup and Fed Cup screening tournaments have been postponed after a very poor turnout yesterday at the National Tennis Centre, Tacarigua.

Luke De Caires was the only of the six players who showed up for the Davis Cup event, while Amanda Soo Ping Chow was the female at the venue.

Jermille Danclar, president of TATT (Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago), stated yesterday that the sport's governing body will meet shortly to decide on an appropriate date to reschedule the events.

The former Davis Cup player pointed out that staging any sporting event just two days after Christmas is far from ideal and this could have been the reason why most players failed to show.

Still, Danclar feels that is was not a complete waste of time as the teenaged Soo Ping Chow is an overseas-based student and screening coordinator Dave Patrick got the opportunity to see her in action before she returns to the United States next week.

Keneel Teasdale, who made her Fed Cup debut this year, last year's debutant Trevine Sellier, and Soo Ping Chow are vying for just one place on the team as national champ Breana Stampfli has been picked automatically, along with the United States-based Annaleise Rose and professional player Yolande Leacock.

De Caires, who made his Davis Cup debut in Tobago in June, and his Davis Cup teammates Yohansey Williams, Liam Gomez and Vaughn Wilson are among the men on the list who are being considered for the four places.

Also included is this year's Davis Cup reserve, the United States-based Seve Day, as well as former Davis Cup player Lendl Smith, who returned to competitive singles six months ago after a break of two years and beat Wilson, Williams and Day respectively to be crowned national champion for the third time.

American Zone Group III of the Davis Cup will take place in Bolivia on clay courts from June 17-22 and 11 countries – Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, T&T, United States Virgin Islands, Bolivia – are expected to be represented.

The teams will be placed in two round-robin groups with the top two from each group will then engage in semi-final matches to determine to two countries which will go up to Group II in 2014.

Players from 13 countries – Bahamas, Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, T&T, Uruguay, El Salvador – are expected to be in American Zone Group II of the Fed Cup in El Salvador from July 17-20 in El Salvador.

The group winners will advance to the semi-finals and then both winners will be promoted to Group I of the world's premier female team tennis tournament in 2014.

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