05 Nov 2013

ITF/GSDF 12 & U COTECC Team Masters

News Article

All participants with national flags

The Mexican boys and the Guatemalan girls were the winning teams at the inaugural ITF/GSDF 12 & COTECC Team Masters which took place in Monterrey, Mexico from 21 - 25 October.

The Masters featured the three winning boys' and girls' teams from both the Central American and the Caribbean qualifying events staged earlier in the year, as well as two boys' and girls' teams from the host nation.

On the boys' side, Mexico No. 1 team stormed through to the finals beating their second team 20 in the semifinals.  Guatemala and El Salvador had a tougher encounter in the other semifinal - Fabian Taracena, of Guatemala, beat Diego Lopez, of El Salvador 61 61 but in the second singles the undefeated Javier Flores leveled the tie with a win over Guatemalan Sebastian Dominguez 61 61. After an exciting deciding doubles match, Taracena and Dominguez managed to overcome the El Salvador boys 61 75 to earn their place in the finals.

The Guatemalan pair put up a good fight in the finals against the Mexico No. 1 team but the home pair proved too strong.  Andres Villanueva defeated Taracena 63 46 63 and Arturo Perales scored a win over Dominguez 26 60 75 clinching first place for Mexico with a 20 win.

In the girls' semifinals, Guatemala and Mexico No. 1 team set up a repeat of the boys' event finals when they scored 30 wins over Bermuda and the Mexican second team respectively.

The first rubber of the finals saw Guatemala's No. 2 player, Maria Gabriela Rivera, solidly beat Mexico's Daniela Rodriguez 60 60.  Her teammate Rut Galindo faced the Mexican No. 1, Abril Marquina, who put up a tough fight against Galindo's powerful forehands and well placed backhands, before succumbing to the Guatemalan 60 63.  Rivera and Galindo sealed their victory with a 63 63 win in the doubles.

The event was played in a round robin format for the first three days, and then teams from each pool played in a draw for team positions 1-8. Each boys' and girls' team comprised two players and one non-playing captain and each tie included two singles and one doubles match.

The COTECC Team Masters is supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund and the International Tennis Federation, who created this event to provide more competitive opportunities in the region for this age group.