The year-ending National Junior Tennis Masters featuring the top eight players in each age category will be played out this weekend at the National Training Center.
The format involves four players in two pools playing in a round robin format, with the top two moving into the crisscross semi-finals leading to the Masters showdown.
Going out as top seed in the boys 12 and under section is Sam Davith of Koh Krabei, who has already been named along with two players figuring in higher age brackets, Leng Sarinreach and Cheum Seyha, to participate in the ITF Division II event in Bangkok next month.
Topping the boys 14 and under field will be Leng Sarinreach, who has moved up the rankings on the strength of his consistent performances, though he has not been in the winner’s circle often. This division has mainly been a three-cornered contest between Sarinreach, Kleang Ponlok and Sen Sophon.
The winner of the boys under-18 title in the fifth edition last month, Tep Timothy plays here as only the fifth-ranked player, while Micahel Schipani, who had played second fiddle in two previous events, has been seeded at the top.
The girls under-14 and under-18 events will be headed by Ho Sreynoch and the undefeated Hour Sreypov, respectively. The two are head and shoulders above the rest, with their recent trip to Singapore for the WTA finals side show Future Stars making them all the better for that international experience.
Tippi Dalle Grave, after relocating to Cambodia from Mauritius, found herself playing in the boys 12 and under flight B as the girls event was cancelled due to paucity of entries.
Not only did she win in her debut, but she has continued to do well. She will now have Apsara Chhieu of Lycee Rene Descartes as her prime rival for the top spot.