By Syed Parwaiz Imam

RIYADH, Feb. 28 – Promising youngsters Arsalan Khan, Aamer Javed, Omar Khan and Ben Harries came out victorious respectively in their Under-16, Under-14, Under-12 and Under-10 categories in the junior tennis tournament, which concluded at the Riyadh’s hotel Inter-continental recreation center.
To make things lively, the final showdown for the Under-16 and Under-14 was played in best of three sets format, the organizers said. The champion of Under-16 class, Khan had an easy sailing, winning over Wassim Rahal 6-1, 6-0. Of the earlier results here, Aamer Javed first beat Abdullah Mousili 8-0 and then ousted Firas Mortada 8-1. Tarek Bayaa routed Mortada 8-0 as well.
Javed had to struggle a bit to grab the Under-14 crown. He won the first set without any difficulty 6-1 against Dany Rahal. The latter fought back in the second bravely but without any success. The victor took the second 7-6 (7-4). Faris Jabora set aside Talal Bayaa 8-6 in another clash.
Khan overcame Gustav Lundberg, beating him 8-6 to clinch the Under-12 title. Both players delighted the fans with some fine long rallies. In other results of the day, Mahdi Bahlouli ousted Sulaiman Salaheddine 8-1. Abdul Hamid Riani eliminated Ahmed Aqeel 8-2 and Ziad Ayass defeated Faisal Aqeel 8-3. In the final day’s action, Ben Harries beat Adam Ramsey narrowly by 8-7 margin to become new Under-10 champion. Of the other results for the placings, Dhiaeddine Ghouli defeated Charles Beyrouthy 8-4 and Carl Lundburg beat Maen Otaibi 8-5.
This gala for the young ones was mainly sponsored by Saudi Hollandi Bank and Nike sport wears. It was co-supported by Pepsi Cola.
The organizing committee members, who managed the show successfully and distributed prizes to the winners at the awarding ceremony, were Tariq Javed and Mark Stanley, the five star hotel recreation manager.
The organizers aired words of thanks for the great support given by the Saudi Hollandi Bank and Nike sport wears for making this competition possible. They also appreciated the usual co-support of Pepsi Cola in the sporting arena.