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Farm Road tennis tourney comes to an exciting conclusion

  • TENNIS BREAKTHROUGH: Shown are some of the young Bahamians who took part in the tennis tournament that was held on Saturday at the Farm Road Urban Renewal Center. COURTESY OF THE BAHAMAS LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATION

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Jun 17, 2013

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The first inner city tennis tournament was a smashing success, as a number of young Bahamians from the Farm Road area picked up tennis rackets this past weekend and competed in their first official tennis tournament.

More than 30 players took part in the tournament that was held on Saturday at the Farm Road Urban Renewal Center. The program, which lasted for 10 weeks, was sanctioned by the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) in partnership with the Farm Road Urban Renewal Center and the Farm Road community.

Winning Group ‘A’ was Cordell Colebrooke with a perfect win/loss record of 2-0. Garfield White picked up a win and closed with a 1-1 record while Nelson Francois dropped both games. Elder Charles was the winner in Group ‘B’, and Jermaine Francis and Tannaka Burrows finished second and third respectively.

Taking the crown in Group ‘C’ was Devonya Butler. Nicole Rolle was second and Shawnna Woodside finished third. Venson Lewis was the winner in Group ‘D’, Lucitas Moxey and Enrico Simms followed.

Group ‘E’ was for the more skillful players. Christanique Johnson took that division, winning five games. Kashalia Arnette won four games and Jada Francis won three. Andre Smith dominated Group ‘F’, taking all five games. Kentez Ferguson and Jaden Francs both won four.

“It is always a pleasure to see the excitement and sparkle in the eyes of the younger Bahamians who have never played the sport before,” said Derron Donaldson, BLTA president.

“Our vice president, Bradley Bain, is working extremely hard to promote tennis and making it affordable, but most importantly, available to all Bahamians.

“A number of the kids have demonstrated skills that can be worked on. The future is very bright and we will continue to introduce Bahamians to tennis. This is a part of our mandate, putting more tennis rackets into the hands of more and more Bahamians. Bradley has an excellent program going on where he goes to the schools and introduce the game to the primary school students.”

The inner city tournament is a part of the ‘Play and Stay’ program that the BLTA has initiated. This program is being used as a feeder system for the local tennis association. These kind of matches are expected to be played on the Mark Knowles Play and Stay courts, which should be constructed shortly.

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