THE men’s knockout draw of the RMSL (Reliability Maintenance Services Limited) Super Singles Table Tennis Tournament will be contested today at National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua.
In contrast to the preceding four, the final major on the 2019 local calendar will not climax with knockout draws after round-robin action. In Super Singles, players also move from groups to knockout but then the final four women and six men standing do battle in a straight round-robin event to crown the champions.
The women’s field was supposed to be cut to the final four last night and the top two players from each of the 24 men’s groups should also have qualified for the knockout draw.
And after three rounds of knockout action from 1.30 p.m. today, the remaining six men will join the last four women into the final stages on Wednesday night.
Aaron Wilson, who was training in Germany and missed last year’s event, is the heavy favourite to capture the title. The 21-year-old has won seven of the last eight major tournaments he has contested, his only blemish coming 16 months ago at the hands of Canada-based David Mahabir at last year’s National Championship.
Curtis Humphreys went on to win the title and Guyana’s Shermar Britton closed out the year with the Super Singles crown.
Arun Roopnarine is also expected to advance today, along with 16-year-old Derron Douglas, the “Nationals” runner-up and “Trinbago” semifinalist. Anson Wellington is the other player seeded to get into the top six.
After struggling this season, Reeza Burke is now down at No.10 and the 44-year-old five-time national champ will drop out of the top ten if he does not reach the last six.