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City to stage road tennis classic


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Even the city is getting in on the road tennis action.

Almost $3 000 in total prize money will be up for grabs over the next two weeks for residents of the New Orleans, Chapman Lane and Dunlow Lane areas following yesterday’s launch of the inaugural Henderson Williams City Road Tennis Classic.

Williams himself made the announcement from his constituency office ahead of Saturday’s start of the New Orleans-based tournament.

“This one is for the members of The City. From time to time we may look to bring in other people to compete against our people but this one is for The City,” said the Democratic Labour Party’s candidate for the constituency.

“What we have found in the sport is that a few well-known names dominate almost every competition, so we want to give our own the opportunity to build their skill set and then we will have an emergence of persons who have the love and the skill set to become bigger national players

“The objective of what we’re doing is really to use a model for development within the community and there’s no better model in my assessment than what has been happening in the Pine with sports and development. Our view is that if we can get young people putting their energies behind productive activities, then that can take them away from other deviant activities in society,” he added.

Playing exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays, the classic will feature action in a senior and junior category at the courts in Second Avenue, New Orleans.

The winners of the senior and junior divisions are expected to pocket $1 000 and $500, respectively, while there are cash prizes for second, third and fourth place in both categories.

The Road Tennis Classic comes on the heels of a similarly construed Henderson Williams City Soccer Classic that served to provide positive publicity for the surrounding Bridgetown areas.

“We actually had this in line before the football competition because again we recognise that road tennis is a sport that has gained a significant amount of prominence and popularity,” said Williams.

“It’s not only the older people in the community who take a liking to the sport but the younger ones love the sport and because of that we want to help develop it as it is also our indigenous sport.

“We found with the football tournament that people came, played football and enjoyed themselves with no shooting, noise or scuffles, so sports are clearly a way of bringing people together,” he added.

The classic is slated to conclude on May 22 with a prize-giving ceremony. (JM)


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