TRINIDAD and Tobago boys got off to a triumphant start in North/Central America & Caribbean Pre-qualifying Tournament of the World Junior Tennis Competition yesterday in Dominican Republic.
With the Group B fixture against Bermuda deadlocked at one-all, Zachery Byng and Jaylon Chapman whipped Vincent Boisvert and Cooper MacGuire 6-3, 6-3 for the victory.
Nathen Martin had drawn first blood for T&T with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Boisvert, but then Bermuda’s No.1 player Antonio Warner forced the decider by edging Tobagonian Chapman 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 following a lengthy rain-delay.
T&T, being coached is Tobagonian Larry Yearwood, a national champion of the 1970s who is one of the greatest ever local players, are the second seeds in this competition and the group also contains Dominican Republic.
Top seeds Honduras are drawn in the other three-team group, alongside Curacao and Suriname.
Barbados, Jamaica, Panama and No. 4 seeds Puerto Rico are in Group C, while Group D consists of Antigua, Guatemala, El Salvador and third seeds Costa Rica.
After round-robin action, the top two teams from each group will advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The champions will be crowned two days later and will advance to do battle against Canada, Mexico and United States in the qualifying event in the next few months.
The top two teams from this stage will qualify for the main draw in the second half of the season.
The female equivalent competition will serve off on Sunday and this country will be represented by Cameron Wong, Jaeda-Lee Daniel-Joseph and Jordane Dookie.
The boys got ready for this competition by training for a week at the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Florida, USA, and the girls travelled to the world-famous training site to begin their preparation yesterday.