Sports — 22 August 2014
Tennis News: 17-year-old Marco Mendez is Belize’s No. 1 Male Tennis Player!

BELIZE CITY—This past weekend, the Belize Tennis Association hosted the prestigious National Men’s Singles for the “Eric Eusey Trophy” at the Belize Pickwick Club tennis courts.

In the first round, No. 1 seed Mike Sosa defeated Dr. Atanacio Cobb, 6-0, 6-1; and No. 2 seed Curtis Musa defeated Ellison Flowers, 6-1, 6-3. Marco Mendez walked over Guillermo Rayo, 6-0, 6-0; and Peter Quan overcame young Richard Huang, 6-1, 6-4.

In the first semifinal, 17-year-old Marco Mendez showed us the returns on hard work and training by defeating No. 1 seed Mike Sosa, 6-2, 6-2. Mendez’s game is a solid one, and perhaps the best Belize has ever seen so far.

The second semifinal proved to be a marathon 3-hour match between No. 2 seed Curtis Musa and Peter Quan; but in the end, Curtis overcame Peter, 7-6, 6-1.

In the finals, the young Marco Mendez proved too much for Curtis, and took the victory over him, 6-0, 6-0, demonstrating powerful ground strokes and an all-round solid game!

The sponsor, Mr. Eric Eusey, Jr., son of past tennis legend Eric Eusey (in whose name the tournament is sponsored), presented beautiful trophies to the runner-up and champion. This is the eleventh year Eric Eusey has sponsored this tournament, and committed to continue sponsoring it.

The Belize Tennis Association extends congratulations to young Marco Mendez, who is the second youngest (Billy Musa, Jr. won it at 16 years old in 1979) to win this coveted title of the No. 1 Male Tennis Player in Belize!


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