Curt Seifert (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
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The Barbados Tennis Association’s arbitration committee has been called into action after a disgruntled parent cried favouritism over the seeding of the boys’ 16s draw at the ongoing Sol Nationals.
Tracia Seifert-Licorish, mother of junior player Curt Seifert, contends her son wasn’t treated fairly when he was replaced by senior Davis Cup player Kaipo Marshall as the fourth seed and then forced to play No. 2 Stephen Slocombe in the first round as he was no longer being seeded.
But tournament director Marie-Jeanne Symmonds explained the decision wasn’t prejudiced, saying the matter was discussed at length at the level of the tournament committee and then junior committee before the executive council finally voted to ratify the decision.
It all came about due to a last-minute decision to contest the 15-man draw by Marshall, who reportedly hasn’t played a sanctioned local junior tournament since November and thus has no ranking points at that level. (JM)
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