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Smashing play at junior tennis tourney

Press release - Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Dmoni Green and Jahmal Bertie of EETC just before they play an exciting Boys under 10’s final

Blasting serves, blistering heat, blazing sunshine and blustering wind, did not deter 20 competing youngsters during this weekends BVILTA Junior Tennis Tournament.

The BVI Lawn Tennis Association in collaboration with the great support of the Tortola Sports Club was proud to host the 2nd in the series on Saturday 19th May.

In the draw was BVI’s No. 1 Ranked player Paul Oliver who was the focus of challenge in the 14’s and under category by all in his age group.  Coached by TSC’s trainer Tim Robson, Oliver was ready to stake his claim to his rank by a gripping match against Diondre Green (trained by Carol Mitchell of East End Tennis Club) in the early rounds – a match not to have been missed.

Oliver was subsequently met by Leo Forte who retired due to injury and progressed on to a gripping final against Jeron Smith also of East End Tennis Club.  Oliver took charge of the score in the early games.  At the end of this final match, Smith managed to threaten the rankings to a level of upset, but still not enough to topple the “pint size hit” from Oliver.

Oliver went on to win his section in the 14’s and under Boys category – but not without some fuss:  “I need to keep training full on – if I am to keep these chaps off my back” quotes Oliver as he just manages to progress through the rounds.

Conclusion of Girls Final Justine Bryson and Nina Forte with the traditional post match handshake which was won by Justine.

In the Girls section, the Bryson Sisters are also a force to be reckoned with, as both managed to conclude their section of the tournament with prizes for the Girls section.  They took on board the challenges presented by opponents such as Nina Forte to prove themselves as a “Williams Sisters equivalent” here in the BVI.  They were not easy to surpass and at moments the audience were anticipating the momentum to change. Watch this space for great ladies tennis in the future.

The under !0’s section of the draw was dominated by the presence of the East End crew – who’s team (under Carol Mitchell’s instruction) have done wonders for itself in terms of training.  This section was dominated by long games, anxious moments, hot sun and amazing rallies.  “They’re playing like grown-ups,” commented one onlooker.  Amazing tennis was to be had.  Jamal Bertie was to receive his winning trophy against Dimoni Green (runner up) in a gripping final, which brought the audience to the courts.

“It is a testament to parents and coaches like this which enables great performance, discipline and commitment from any player” quotes Dion Anselm;”this will in turn bring out great players in the future  – “we need the game, we need the challenge and we need the reward” quotes Anselm, …”to bring out the best in our youngsters and their will to keep going despite the set backs”.  But more importantly as LTA’s President Dion Anselm states: “it’s the participation, Good sportsmanship and having fun which should be the key to a great event”.  Anselm further adds: “we will continue to develop tennis in our juniors where we can, sponsorships, donations and even time will all go towards developing our youngsters for the future…. and we’ve seen today – we are well on our way.

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  1. observer
    May 26, 2012
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    They are trying to accommodate only the BVI elites. You can’t see?

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  2. Well....
    May 23, 2012
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    Good job all! Why not try implementing the sport in the territory’s schools (public and private) to generate more participation?

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