Trinidad and Tobago’s boys were beaten in the quarterfinals of the North/Central America & Caribbean Pre-qualifying Tournament for the World Junior Tennis Competition yesterday in Dominican Republic.
The Group B runners-up were outclassed 3-0 by top seeds Honduras in the under-14 competition to be relegated to the playoff for fifth place over the next two days.
T&T will oppose the Jamaicans, beaten by El Salvador yesterday, today and the winners will play for fifth place tomorrow against either Suriname, beaten 3-0 by Dominican Republic yesterday, or the loser of the Guatemala/Puerto Rico quarterfinal fixture.
If this country’s players are defeated today they will do battle for seventh place when the tournament concludes tomorrow.
After winning both matches in the round-robin stage, Zachery Byng and Jaylon Chapman suffered their first doubles defeat yesterday when Cesar Colomo and Diego Sosa whipped them 6-2, 6-2 to complete the sweep for Honduras.
Sosa had marched past Nathen Martin 6-1, 6-1 to get the ball rolling and then Mario Richmagui had taken down the Tobagonian Chapman 6-4, 6-1.
T&T had begun the tournament with a 2-1 triumph over Bermuda Sunday but were forced to settle for second place in Group A when they lost to Dominican Republic by the same score the day after.
The champions will be crowned tomorrow and will earn a place alongside 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 girls’ equivalent competition will serve off Sunday and T&T will be among the participants.