AIDAN CARTER will return to competitive action after an absence of 18 months when the Junior Team Tennis Tournament served off today at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.
This two-day competition will be the first one in Trinidad since the sport was shut down at the halfway stage of the two-week Tranquillity Open Tournament on March 14 because of coronavirus (Covid-19).
Carter, who became the youngest men’s singles champion in the history of the “Tranquil” at age 15 in 2018, went on to win the Davis Cup trials at the end of that year.
The former national Under-16 and 18 champ began last season by playing a couple ITF (International Tennis Federation) junior tournaments in April, and has not been seen since.
Carter, who began his career with Tennis Patrons Tennis Academy at Country Club, has returned home for this weekend’s tournament.
There are four teams in the round-robin competition and “Patrons” have the top two players as the 15-year-old Luca Shamsi is also included in their line-up.
All six-member outfits have been named in honour of deceased stalwarts and the home team will carry the name of Carlos Taylor, who produced the Public Courts Classified Tournament for over 20 years.
He passed away about three years ago, while fellow coaches Dave Patrick and Hayden Salim departed in the last few months, along with Colleen De Gannes, one of the leading officials in the region.
De Gannes’ team includes Cameron Wong and Aalisha Alexis, last year’s national Under-14 and 16 champion, respectively, who are two of the leading female players in the country.
Patrick’s squad includes Wong’s brother Ethan Wong as well as his fellow former national Under-16 player Ebolum Nwokolo and 2018 Caribbean Under-12 champ Kale DallaCosta. And Ella Carrington, a semifinalist in last year’s National Championships, and fellow top female junior Zara Ghuran are among those in Salim’s outfit.
There will be three rounds of action from noon today and the other three will take place from 10 a.m. tomorrow. All “Covid” safety guidelines laid down by the International Tennis Federation, including no handshakes, will be observed.
DE GANNES – A. Alexis, James Hadden, Brian Harricharan, Shauna Valentine, Nathan Valdez, C. Wong.
PATRICK – K. Dalla Costa, Jaeda-Lee Daniel-Joseph, E. Nwokolo, Gabriella Prince, Beckham Sylvester, E. Wong.
SALIM – E. Carrington, Z. Ghuran, Daniel Jeary, Nathan Martin, Jayden Mitchell, Tim Pasea.
TAYLOR – A. Carter, Gabriela MacKenzie, L. Shamsi, Liam Sheppard, Sebastian Sylvester, Adam Wyatt.