By Syed Parwaiz Imam

RIYADH, Nov. 28 – Saudi Arabian international top star Badr Mogaiyl recovered from a set down to overcame his teammate Baqr Abu Khaleif, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the hotel International courts to retain the El Faleh Desert Classic championship of Class-A for the third year running. In the top-flight singles final, younger Khalief surprised the champion by taking the first set as the large holiday crowd enjoyed the action. However, the momentum could not be maintained and Mogaiyl won the next two comfortably. Earlier, alongwith Khalief, he also captured the Class-A doubles title as well. In the Class-B final, Khalief had a better luck. He emerged the champion by beating the Filipino rival, Prudencio Mejia 6-2, 7-6. The Class-C trophy went to a young and promising Pakistani, Arsalan Khan. He overcame the challenge from Rene Matute, winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. It was a great honor for Khan as few days back here, partnering with his father, Salman Khan, bagged the Class-B double top prize. The Class-C double title, a day earlier, went to a Saudi pair again. The new champions were Saleh Zahrani-Nasser Rasheed. A Filipino, Mario Flores also earned double honors when he captured the Over-45 singles title. In the final, he defeated Mathew Pallithanam of India in an extended tussle by 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 score. A few ago, the champion also bagged the doubles championship of this category alongwith Matute.
The Junior Under-14 category was also dominated by a Saudi youngster, Abdulela Abu Rasheed. He won 6-3, 6-3 over Aamir Javed of Pakistan. Despite his best efforts, the loser could not scope up with his taller and experience Rasheed. The champion, son of Rasheed Abu Rasheed, General secretary of the Saudi Tennis Federation (STF) proved stronger in the end.
The chief guest, Abdulaziz Al Kredis, president of STF graced the awarding ceremony, which was well covered by Saudi T.V. channel II. Also present were Arno Moretto Nicolussi, Adel, Khalid Ibn Talib and referee Yusuf Al Turaif who has recently returned from Bombay, India after obtaining Level II white badge.
Honorary appreciation shields were presented to Farouk El Laithy, Nicolussi and Talib by STF. Intercontinental gave a special trophy to Mogaiyl for winning the tournament the third time.
The tournament was mainly sponsored by El Faleh Sports House courtesy of Sheikh Abdul Rehman El Faleh. It was co-supported by AVIS, Pepsi Cola and Abdullatif for Perfumes and Cosmetics.
Words of thanks were aired for the organizing, technical, tournament director, umpires and line judges who worked hard to make this month long gala end successfully.
The officials were El Laithy, Gunter Grigoleit, Nicolussi, Frank Grassman, Muhammed Dekeidk, Khadim Hussein, Mark Stanley, Fazal Ahmed, Talib, Hisham Riani, Rolly Dela Cruz, Sonny Santos, Larry Bustamante, Bert Ambo Jr., Noli Mendoza, Ed Yap, Chito Abreu, Manny Lector, Mike Maddock, Robert Chau.
The line judges were Romie Maborang, Manny Lector, Sonny Wahab, Jay Grajeda, Onet Santos, Rommel Rint, Joe Aday, Lito Anulacion, Egay Martinez, Rene Suarez, Cesar Arcenas, Bernie De Castro, El Bulatao, Danny Narsolis, Lito Remo, Roger Balasbas, Simuel Tuble, Mimi Papa, Oscar Asis, Del Serrano, Danny Gonzales, Tito Siongco, Edward Delgado, Raul Ramirez, Nick Resurreccion, Jun Sedera, Danny Rivera, Manny Miranda, Manny Albes, Recto Gueco, Herman Honrado, Noli Pablico, Camar Pancho, Ronnie Aro, Johnny Gardiola, Remme Soriano and Ely Sabello