02 Feb 2019

Urged forward by a passionate crowd, the host nation’s Brian Afanador duly booked his place in the quarter-final round of the men’s event at the Universal 2019 Pan America Cup in Guaynabo by emerging unbeaten and thus in first place in his initial stage the group.

Furthermore, on the evening of Friday 1st February, he gained the applause of the island's most famous celebrity.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

He faced a quite enviable task; in realistic terms he only needed to win one game in his concluding contest.

Earlier in the day, the no.7 seed, he had beaten Canada’s Marko Medjugorac, the no.13 seed, in four straight games (11-3, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8); in the immediately ensuing contest Marko Medjugorac had accounted for Chile’s Juan Lamadrid, the no.9 seed, by a similar margin to which he had experienced defeat (11-9, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8).

Thus win one game and progress to the main draw was assured; Brian Afanador duly completed the mission in style. He succeeded in five games (11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-5); the crowd roared its approval; the young man from Utuado had responded and he had responded in the best possible manner. The approach, the manner of the win thoroughly professional.

“Just winning one game was not in my mind; for me this tournament is very exciting; the support I received in the first match today was a big plus. Tomorrow I will go with everything, prepare well and be mentally ready.” Brian Afanador

A place in the main draw of the men’s event booked in a most impressive manner; immediately following the success, Ricky Martin, the celebrated Puerto Rican famous for recording “Livin la Vida Loca” recorded his congratulations on Instagram.

Currently Ricky Martin has 11,700,000 followers!


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