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.
The annual FOCOL tournament was held OCTOBER 22 – OCTOBER 25, 2010 results are as follows:
|Girls Under 12
||Lily Evert defeated Iesha Shepherd
|Girls Under 14
||Iesha Shepherd defeated Dominique Mortier
|Girls Under 16
||Erin Strachan defeatedDanielle Thompson
|Boys Under 10
||Cole Majra defeatedDenali nottage
|Boys Under 12
||Oneil Mortimer defeatedDanny Wallace
||3-6, 6-0, 6-0
|Boys Under 14
||Micheal Wallace defeatedOneal Mortimer
|Boys Under 16
||Kevin Major defeated Rasheed Carey
|Boys Under 18
||Kevin Major defeated Treajh Ferguson
||Gabriella Bowe defeated Danielle Thompson
The Focol tournament took placed this past weekend at the Lucayan Bath & Raquet Club.
The Grand Bahama Tennis Association hosted about 35 junior tennis players from Nassau, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama to several days of healthy tennis rivalry. This year’s players displayed a high level of competiveness and good sportsmanship as they vied for the first place trophies in the various age categories.
President of the Grand Bahama Tennis Association, Mrs. Charmine Wallace, dubbed this year’s tournament a huge success and extended sincere appreciation to Focol, the players and their parents for contributing to such a successful tournament.
The Nike Junior Tour is comprised of more than 60,000 of the world’s best under-12 and under-14 youth tennis players in the world. Each year, following a series of regional qualifying events and national championships, Nike brings the top regional champions together in a unique location to experience an international tennis tournament.
The Nike Junior Tour International Masters has become the pinnacle experience for young tennis players to compete on a global stage with the very best of their peers from around the world. Nike is especially proud the tour can point to former NJT champions like Rafael Nadal who have gone on to become extremely successful professionals.
This year the tournament will be bigger than ever before with 30 countries expected to vie for top honours. With the dates now December 8 to 15 the Masters will be played later than usual. The reason for this is that it will fall in the week separating the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl tournaments.
For the fifth time in its 14-year history, the NJT International Masters will be hosted at a Club Med venue and this year it will be staged at Club Med Columbus Isle on the Island of San Salvador in The Bahamas. All the players will be able to experience a piece of history because it was on these very beaches that Christopher Columbus landed on on his journey to discover America in 1492.
For the past two years the tournament has been played on hard courts but this year it will revert to clay.
The 30 countries expected to line up are France, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium, Israel, United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, UAE, Belarus, Morocco, China, Brazil, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Bosnia, Sweden, Slovenia, Ukraine and Turkey.
The Nike Junior Tour has now been a breeding ground for young tennis players since 1997 when the concept was introduced by Chris Vermeeren and the first event played at Hilversum in Holland. Since then the NJT International Masters has travelled all over the world and has been hosted in Germany, Spain, South Africa, the Bahamas, France, Italy, the USA and the Dominican Republic.
Players such as current world No 1 Rafael Nadal, Sweden’s Robin Soderling, Juan Martin del Potro from Argentina, Czech Thomas Berdych, Israel’s Shahar Peer, and Czech Lucie Safarova have all cut their tennis teeth at the Nike Junior Tour.
[BLTA] Two outstanding young Bahamian tennis players look to sweep the Boys singles title at the 2009 Barbados Junior International Tournament in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Tournament #1 seed Rodney Carey advances to the Boys 18 semi-final with a 61,62 victory over #7 seed Oliver Pramming-Benneweis (Denmark). Carey next plays Darian King (Barbados) in the Boys 18 semi-finals on Friday at 9:00am,
#2 seed doubles team of Carey and partner Nevy Jogi-Singh advanced to the Boys 18 Doubles Finals on Friday by defeating the team of Kevin Deligny/Dominic Lovell (St. Lucia) 76(4), 62 in the Semi-finals on Thursday. Carey and partner Singh will play the team of Darian King (Barbados)/Brandon Burke (Jamaica) #1 seeds on Friday to determine the Boys 18 Doubles Championship.
In the Boys 14 & Under Singles Semi-finals 12 year old Justin Roberts (Bahamas) defeated Shakir Elvin (Antigua) 60, 61 to advance to his first COTECC Boys 14 & Under Final. Roberts next plays Remario Francis (USA) on Friday at 9:00am to determine the 2009 Barbados Junior International Tournament Boys 14 & Under Singles Championship.
Roberts and partner Matthew Hutchinson played the Boys 14 & Under Doubles Finals on Thursday losing the the #1 seeded team of Jannick James (Granada)/Remario Francis 36, 57. Both set were keenly contested with Roberts and partner leveling the score at 5 all in the second set but was unable to hold serve and lost two consecutive game and the match.