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Tennis enthusiasts can expect an even bigger and better Inter-Parish Road Tennis Tournament this time around.
That confirmation has come from one of the tournament organizers, Philip “Foff” Garner, who also revealed that there would be some changes to the competition.
Speaking to SUNSPORT yesterday, Garner said that for the first time in the competition’s history,  the age limit of the junior division would be moved from Under-18 to Under-21.
In addition, a 15 and Under division will be added to the customary Veterans and “A” and “B” classes.
“We are looking to attract a wider group of players while widening the scope of road tennis players in the process,” Garner explained.
“Because of these changes, we are expecting an even bigger and better turnout than last year, and that should hopefully also make the competition bigger and better as well.
“We are really hoping to attract road tennis players from all 11 parishes and to have a representative from every parish in each division,” he added.
A Press release from the National Sports Council stated that they “expected principals and physical education teachers would encourage their students to become involved in this our indigenous sport, as they represent the future of road tennis and are critical to its sustainability.”
Another possible change to the annual tournament could also see the addition of several new playing venues.
Oistins, Silver Hill, Belleplaine and the Barbados Defence Force are all being explored as possible options for hosting matches.
The first round of preliminaries for people seeking to represent the parish of St Philip will serve off October 27 at Olive Drive, St Philip, starting at 9:30 a.m.
The tournament, which is now in its fourth year, brings together some of the best road tennis players from around the island as they do battle to determine which parish will be crowned champions.
Traditionally strong St Michael are the defending champions in the Veterans, “A” and “B” class divisions and are once again expected to start as overwhelming favourites.
Competition is expected to be fiercely contested for the final spots.
They will however face a strong challenge from arch-rivals Christ Church, which also boasts some of the island’s best players.
St James’s Dario Hinds is the defending junior champion, while St George’s Kim Holder is the defending women’s champ.

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