RIYADH, Dec. 21 To the astonishment of the large Friday fans,
Muhammed Hassan Ali surprised the Saudi international, Othman Enezi, winning in straight
sets 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the Class-A single championship at the 1999 Sheraton Open tennis
tournament, which concluded at the Sheraton court.
The new Egyptian champion, a former coach in Jeddah, now residing at Al Kharj city,
achieved a double fete here. On the same night prior to his major showdown with Enezi, he
set aside another local city hero, Saeed Shabib 6-4, 6-2 to walk away with the Class-B
singles crown as well.
In the Class-B semifinals, earlier, Ali overcame Elfren Veradio by 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 and
Shabib ousted Saleh Zahrani 6-3, 6-3. Despite this, the tale and thin looking Ali never
looked tired and produce his best to overpower out of form Enezi in Class-A singles
It was an all Filipino affair in the Over-45 singles final. Chris Casta played wisely to
outwit veteran Mario Flores with 7-6, 7-5 score to become the champion here.
The Class-C championship went to a Filipino again. It was Robert Driquito who beat another
local city popular player, Zahrani. The former won 6-4, 6-3 to claim the top prize.
In the Class-B doubles, Nelson Cale and Elfren Veradio down Freddie Santos and Joey Samia
6-2, 7-5 and were crowned the champions.
The Saudi pair of Abdulaziz Saloly and Omar Swaidan had an easy sailing over the Indian
tandem, Syed Abrar Ali and Sheikh Rafee, winning 6-4, 6-2 to emerge the champions in
At a simple but impressive awarding ceremony, chief guests Thomas Boesch of Sheraton
Riyadh hotel and Shakil Khan of Sodas Sports, the agent of Fila products in the Kingdom,
gave away cash prizes, trophies and gifts certificates to the various deserving winners.
The popular gala was sponsored by Saudi Oger Muhammed Hariri and Fila Sodas Sports
Munem Garawi. It was co-supported by Bassim Migdadi Pepsi Cola and Ibrahim
Kadi Bahr Olum Printing press.
Flor B. Almoite was the tournament director for this month long event. He was assisted by
Ed Dooma, Yusuf Torayef, Talal Rahal, Carlos D. Ollero, Khalil Hussain, Bien Balbin, Anoop
The umpires and linesmen who worked hard even at late night, braving the cold weather,
were Danny Narsolis, Rene Leis, Edwin Ignacio, Willy Biay, Joepet Nicolas, Joe Canseco,
Chris Casta, Khalid Bin Talib, Adam Soccor, James Magsanoc, Vic Almeyda, Raffy Manansala,
Chito Ebreo, Fidel Cecogo, Rino Delos Reyes, Ramir Abinilla, Rene Sumido, Ponce Arobillo,
In his concluding speech, Almoite thanked the hotel general manager Michael Wegner for the
full cooperation in holding such a big tourney. He also aired words of appreciation for
the sponsors, co-sponsors, all the different committees members, linesmen and judges for
sharing their personal and technical services to make this championship end successfully.