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
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
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