Historic Tennis Doubles Match in the Bahamas

 

Four of The greatest tennis legends of all times are set to compete in an historic doubles match during the opening of the prestigious Bahamas Open on Sunday March 11th, 2012 on Centre Court of the National Tennis Centre in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Bahamas Open an ITF sanctioned $100,000 Women’s Pro Tennis Tournament, has the best advantage in the world, where many of the 100 ranked players who are eliminated early in the BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells choose to go before heading to Key Biscayne Florida for the Sony Ericsson Open.
To announce to the world, that the Bahamas is now a top tennis destination, The Bahamas Open have matched these legendary tennis players for one last hurray on the world stage in what is being billed as a Mega Legendary Match with the Best of the Best.
Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, Mary Joe Fernandez and Zina Garrison, who has replaced Jennifer Capriati because of an injury to her arm, will square off in the Bahamas for the first time ever in the history of tennis for a much publicized Doubles Match. Never before have three number one seeds ever matched-up for a live play in the Bahamas or even the Caribbean region for that matter.
The event is being held in aid of four local charities in the Bahamas and the purse for each player will go to the charity which they represent. The Charities include the Bahamas Red Cross, The Cancer Society of the Bahamas, The Crippled Children’s Committee and the Ranfurly Home for Children.
The event is expected to be televised and already requests from around the world have started to pour in. Fans of tennis will get an added treat, as the tournament itself will feature some of the best players in the world who are eliminated early in Indian Wells. Last year, more than 32 players in the 100 ranking  made history with the first ever event, including World number 2 ranked player, Petra Kvitova, as well as Sabine Lisicki and many others. In addition no other $100,000 in prize money event ever attracted such a strong field of all 100 ranked players.
This trend is again expected to be repeated, as the Players now feel that the Bahamas is a good omen. In last year’s tournament only one player was in the top 30 in the world. Following competing in the Bahamas Open, 10 of those players are now in the top 30.
The Sheraton Cable Beach Resort and Casino is the Official Hotel, with the world famous Atlantis as the secondary hotel. Organizers have been able to get special rates, as well as American Airlines offering up to 10% discount on airfares.
This year, lots of activities are scheduled to take place especially with the first ever Bahamas Open Ball, where players get to walk the Red Carpet with the legendary stars, as well as witness the first ever Hall of Fame Induction into the Bahamas Tennis Hall of Fame.
There will also be Parties, Receptions and Concerts every night of the tournament following the feature match every evening, as well as prizes and give-aways. Some of the many prizes include a 2012 Hyundai Elantra, a Rolex Watch, Spa Treatments, Roundtrip Airline Tickets, Dinners at world famous Graycliff and a Dream Vacation for two that can be taken anytime within one year. Everyone with a paid admission ticket is eligible and each entry into the Stadium gives you additional chances to win one of these special prizes.
The Bahamas Open, which is expected to be a national event, will showcase the legends as well as the top players on the circuit competing for the Lady Edith Turnquest Trophy, as well as a whirlwind of activities to ensure that everyone experience an exciting time in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas is no longer just the home of former number 1 doubles players in the world, Mark Knowles, but now the home of the Bahamas Open a prestigious tournament that features the best players in the World. Witness history with every event. Don’t wait, Book Now.

Subway 2012 Junior Tennis Tournament

Though somewhat smaller than previous years, the Subway Jr. Tennis Tournament went off without a hitch this past weekend.

Thanks to the generosity of businessman, Mr. Shuffle Hepburn, owner of the Subway Restaurant franchise on Grand Bahama, young people from Grand Bahama and Nassau were given the opportunity to practice their tennis skills in the first BLTA sanctioned tournament of the 2012 year.

Tournament director, Godfrey “Gully”Bowe was impressed with the number of new faces especially in the girls 10’s and 12’s.  He stated that the future of junior tennis is beginning once again to look rather bright.

Though a little windy on the second day of the tournament, there was no rain and a steady flow of good matches were played all weekend.

In the under 10’s girls finals Emma Weech and Doneesha Gibson (FPO) played a tough three set match with Emma Weech (NAS) winning,    3-6, 6-1, 10-8.

In the boys under 10’s finals Tynaj Hinsey (NAS) defeated Ivan Amira (FPO), 6-2 6-4. Jacobi Bain (NAS) and Kofi Bowe (FPO) met in the under 12’s boys final and in awe inspiring match with Jacobi Bain (NAS) defeating Kofi Bowe (FPO), 6-4,   5-7, 10-6.

In the under 12’s girls finals Sydney Clarke (NAS) defeated Doneesha Gibson (FPO) in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. In the girls 14’s Ieasha Shepherd (NAS) and Shay’Tonya Missick (FPO) played a grueling three set match with Ieasha Shepherd(NAS)  defeating  Shay’Tonya Missick (FPO), 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.

Justin Thompson (FPO) defeated Kofi Bowe (FPO) in the boys 14’s, 6-2, 6-0. Justin Thompson (FPO) also won the boys 16’s defeating Harold Pierre (FPO)  6-0, 6-0.  After experiencing severe cramping, Ieasha Shepherd conceded and Gabriella Bowe received a walk over to win the girls 16’s finals.

GBTA president Mrs. Charmaine Wallace shared her appreciation to the sponsor, Mr. Shuffle Hepburn of Subway Restaurants as she congratulated all the players for their great sportsmanship shown throughout the tournament.

Mark Knowles Charity Event Featuring Andy Roddick

 

THE MARK KNOWLES CELEBRITY TENNIS INVITATIONAL 1-4 December 2011

Mark Knowles is pleased to announce the annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational will be held on 1-4 December 2011 at the Atlantis Resort & Casino by Presenting Sponsor, MDC-Partners, and organized by the Mark Knowles Management Group (MKMG).

This year’s featured players are Andy Roddick, Xavier Malisse, and Sabine Lisicki with some additional stars to be announced at a later date.

The organizers plan to hold a Pro/Am doubles tournament for Platinum sponsors, a Pro Exhibition and an opportunity for top Bahamian junior tennis players to interact with the visiting professionals.

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational was established in 2001, its mission to raise funds supporting a range of local children’s charities on the islands. Past beneficiaries have included The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Children’s Emergency Hospital, The Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players.

Through the generous support of sponsors, fellow tennis players and of course, the fans, proceeds have saved lives and provided important opportunities for a number of individuals.  2010 marked the tenth anniversary of the event and pushed total contributions to over $650,000.  Proceeds enabled Knowles to endow a local hospital with its first children’s heart defibrillator – in the past, child cardiac arrest patients had to rely on the usage of an adult defibrillator. Previous projects have included emergency heart surgery for a baby girl, 12 days in age; the remodeling of cancer recovery rooms; and funding for a Special Olympics tennis player, who recently won a medal at the World Games.

A testament to Knowles’ popularity with his peers on tour is seen through the quality of player participants who’ve taken part throughout the past decade. Andy Murray overcame heavy snowstorms last year to attend, giving the banner-year event a current ATP star – and his efforts were very much appreciated by all involved. Prior guests have included Andre Agassi, Bob and Mike Bryan, Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier and Fred Stolle.

Knowles’ dedication to philanthropy, his generosity and effort is also discerned by the appreciation of aid recipients – donations to The Bahamas Cancer Caring Centre have been so considerable that the facility honored his work by creating, “The Mark Knowles Room.”

This event has had a great run in its first ten years, and promises to be a fixture for many more during the player-charity-season of the tennis calendar. While his professional tennis career will eventually close, Mark’s unconditional support for children in need and passion to promote his sport in his native Bahamas will never cease.

MDC-Partners return as the Presenting Sponsor for the second consecutive year with their slogan “Where Great Talent Lives” being most appropriate.

They join the prestigious list of sponsors, many of whom have been supporting the event since its inception, including Atlantis Resort & Casino; The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Pictet Bank & Trust; Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Bank & Trust; American Airlines; Odyssey Aviation; Everkey Global Fund; Templeton Global Advisors; H3O; Everkey Global Fund;  H.G.Christie; The; The Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture. Serenity Point, Abaco; The Balmoral; The Bank of the Bahamas

There are a few sponsorship opportunities still available and interested parties should contact Vicky Andrews at vickyk@batelnet.bs or cell: 242-357-9670.

Johnny Mac’s Satori

On why McEnroe did not “act up” around Borg:

[…] Bjorn Borg, whom McEnroe always refers to as his “great” rival, and with whom, on court and off, he was never (or almost never) less than civil. Interestingly, Borg is said to have been a racket thrower as a young teenager. But all traces of any temper were gone by the time he began his rise to the top of the men’s tennis game in the mid-’70s, overtaking Connors and then beginning his competition with McEnroe, which would produce several years of increasingly hard-fought tennis, as they pushed each other’s games with contrasting styles, culminating in 20 or so concentrated minutes of the most galvanizing singles ever played: their fourth-set tiebreaker in the 1980 Wimbledon final. It was a year earlier, indoors in New Orleans, in only their third match against each other as pros (Borg was 22; McEnroe 20), when their relationship as opponents coalesced. They were in the third and deciding set (which McEnroe would eventually win), and it was close. As McEnroe has recounted, “I was getting all worked up and nutty.” At 5-5, Borg had had enough of McEnroe’s antics and motioned him to the net. McEnroe thought Borg was going to berate him. Instead, Borg put his arm around him and said: “It’s O.K. Just relax. It’s O.K. It’s a great match.” [Gerald Marzorati, NY Times]

Tennis Decorum

“Lawn tennis, rooted in the 16th-century game of royal courts and patented in England in 1874 by a retired army cavalry officer, was from the start bound up with notions of character-building. It was a means for the men and women of the English upper class and their American emulators in Boston, Philadelphia and Newport to not only while away summer afternoons (the mixing of the sexes itself requiring a certain decorum), but soon enough to also create competitions in which young men could learn and apply the physical and mental toughness, the robust stamina and self-restraint, that the Victorians saw as the embodiment of gentlemanliness. Players were to congratulate opponents on their winning shots and call any balls they hit near a line “in”; were to apologize when they won a point on a poorly struck ball; were to shake hands with a smile at the net after a match, win or (especially) lose.” — Gerald Marzorati [August 2011 NY Times Sunday Magazine]

Funeral Services for “Eight Mile Rock’s Best” Jack Bartlett

Funeral Service for the late JACKSON BARTLETT, Age 46, for- merly of #25 Robyn Drive, Freeport, will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev’d Fr. Rudolph V. Cooper. Interment will follow in the St. Stephen’s Church Cemetery, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

Only weeks prior to his death he had won the mixed doubles with Terah Smith in the local 2011 Kwan Yin tournament.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Betty Bartlett; children: Tevin and Tyla Bartlett; father: Sherwin Bartlett; father-in-law: Rev. Hosea Lewis; mother-in-law: Joanna Lewis brothers: Elvis and Paledon (Dave) Bartlett; sister: Jeanette Miller; brothers-in- law: Cai Miller, Hosea, Troy, Jefferson, Elvis and Jason Lewis, Leroy Saunders and Emmitt Higgins; sisters-in-law: Cheryl Bartlett, Coleen Vincent, Laverne Saunders, Stephanie Higgins, Rachel, Shantel, Quitel, Kristen and Davina Lewis; uncles: Atwall Jr., Leslie Gray, Willis Sears, Elcott, Huylan, Revous and Wilkie Bartlett; uncles-in-law: Cyril Lewis, Collins, Malachi and Nathaniel Hield; aunts: Merceletta Rolle, Marie Gray, Sharon Whitehearse of Florida, Violet and Monvella Bartlett, Louise and Ernestine Gray, Rosalee Greenslade; aunts-in-law: Lillian, Merlene, Rose and Rosie Hield, Curlene, Meldora, Margaret and Bernice Lewis. nephews: Marc, Paledon Jr., Joseph, Troy Jr., Myles, Trevaugn, D’Vonte, Jordan, Jeremiah, Geovanni, Zach, Emmitt Jr. and Emmile; nieces: Veronica, Latoya, LaNique, LaRicca, LaTess, Azariah, Tiphanie and Emma, Tivia, Deandra and Danielle; grand nephews: Mathias, Aiden, Antonio, Jaaz and Joseph; grand niece: Antonia and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held at the Russell’s and Pinder’s Funeral Home, August 19, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the service.