Thursday, April 25, 2024

Tennis sparks at Ranch tonight

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The Ranch on Spring Garden should come alive tonight from 7 p.m., with eight of the best players in the island squaring off in the semi-finals of the Monarchs of the Courts Road Tennis Competition.

The 21-and-Under will battle from seven to be followed by the big boys who will be playing for a first prize of $10 000.

The four semi-finalists in the seniors are guaranteed at least $1 000. However, as exciting attacker Antoine “Lil” Daniel stated after defeating Mark “Venom” Griffith in the quarter-finals, the four players are not guaranteed $1 000, they will be gunning for ten grand.

Daniel also indicated that it will not be easy to advance to the finals or to win the big prize.

“The semi-finals have four good players so to win you have to play good tennis,” Daniel told MIDWEEK SPORT.

The shots master Daniel has re-energised road tennis with his attacking play, attracting and exciting old and new fans while defeating some of the better players of the indigenous sport. Tonight Daniel will meet the solid Curtis Jones in a match that could go either way.

After losing the 2013 Clash of the Titans, Jones had taken a break from the game. On his return he has been regaining his touch and is one of the top five in the land. Significantly, neither Jones nor Daniel are noted for playing or surviving long rallies. Thus, quick and dusted will be the aim of both players in that contest.

Barbados’ number one player Julian “Michael Jackson” White will meet an old nemesis in Anthony “Ears” Mitchell with those two having been involved in many tough finals over the years.

Both White and Mitchell will be at their deadliest as they are in touching distance of the pot of gold. Strong defenders and smart attackers, White and Mitchell are very adept at maintaining long rallies to claim each point.

The last time the two met at the Ranch was in a shotgun encounter which Mitchell claimed. With the Ranch being an uncovered venue now, the hundreds of fans will welcome the Brandons breeze to cool the heat which will be generated on court from the big guns in battle.

The 21-and-Under semi-finals will start the night’s action with two attackers Keon Murrell and Darius “Barracus” Gaskin meeting each other while another shot maker Dario Hinds will battle the solid defender Emar Edwards.

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