A number of junior tennis players are preparing to attend various camps and tournaments following the final BVI Lawn Tennis Association (TSC) tournament of the season which attracted a record number of youth participants at the Tortola Sports Club last Saturday, June 23.
The series sponsored by Sable Trust BVI saw Stephan Rhoden beat Taslim Mathias 6 - 2 in the Boys 14s category. Mathias went on to win the plate.
Robert Poole was defeated by Leo Forte 6 - 1, Jvonte Archibald was defeated by Jeron Smith 6 - 0. Paul Oliver, coached by TSC´s Tim Robson, held on to his No. 1 ranking beating Jeron Smith 6-2 in the Boys 14 category.
The Girls 14 category No. 1 spot was upheld once again by Justine Bryson, who beat Nina Forte 6 - 1 in the final, having played some exciting round robin matches with newcomer Sharia Romney.
One of the highlights of the tournament is the boys 10 and under categories which saw the highest amount of entrants in this category.
In the final, Jahmal Bertie beat Adrian Baijnauth 4 - 1 after having played 3 difficult and exciting rounds to reach the final.
Malia Bryson took the first prize for Girls under 10 beating newcomer Tallulah Kinkead as the runner up in this category.
Some exciting plate matches were also held with mixed juniors, especially one between Jasper Forte who beat Tallulah Kinkead in the mixed Under 10 juniors 4 - 2 to win the plate.
Musonda Poole representing Peter Poole, Director of Sable Trust BVI, gave out certificates for first prizes and runner up winners. Ms. Poole commented on how successful the tournament ran as was delighted about the growth of numbers of juniors participating.
"Sable Trust is a very proud sponsor of today´s event and was proud to stand behind so many committed youngsters, coaches and parents," Poole stated.
Jahmal Bertie and Adrian Baijnauth before the under 10 Boys final.
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Dion Anselm, President of the BVILTA, also announced that BVILTA support plans for the summer for a handful of youth.
He pointed out that 4 youngsters will be off to Canada for ACE training academy, 3 will be off to St. Lucia to participate in an international under 10´s ITF tournament at the end of July and a player will be in the USA for a Nike Training camp in the middle of July.
Two international tournaments have been identified for the latter part of the summer.
"The Association is supporting tennis activity to as many youngsters as possible this summer. These are not only training camp opportunities, but also tournaments which is an important component in the learning process of tennis as a game. Tournaments increase confidence levels which improves the player´s experience," states Dion Anselm.
The BVILTA thanked Tortola Sports Club for their ongoing willingness to provide the facility, which enables the tournaments to take place.