RUPERT K. HENRY JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENTWednesday 2nd November 2011
The Rupert K. Henry junior tennis tournament (dubbed Tennis 10s) commenced today(31 Oct, 2011) at the Halcyon by Rex Resorts Tennis courts with Myrtle Henry and Hon. Winston Williams-Minister of Sports hitting the first ball to declare this tennis 10s tournament Open.
35 juniors competed (31 Oct, 2011) playing over 315 matches; though the tournament saw a lower turnout than projected the general feedback from parents, coaches and tournament officials indicated that the quality of the tournament and play by the juniors can only grow from strength to strength.
The aim of the tournament organisers was to ensure that the development of junior tennis grows; hence one week prior to this tournament rounds were made to most of the government primary schools with an aim to sensitize the children as to the health and educational benefits of tennis. The late Rupert K. Henry was an avid lover of tennis and his goal was to see junior tennis grow in Antigua & Barbuda, not only catering to the affluent but also the grass roots.
This tournament followed a round robin format with the top 4 boys in each group will battle it out on Saturday for position 1 through 12 (GR1- Keon Armstrong, Aaron Fields, Liam Costello Platts, Ayden Fuller GR2-Ayden Ambrose, Joshua Tubbs, Essan Warner, Kerry Benjamin GR3 – Seth Joseph, Justin Marcano, Tiger Tyson, Fergus Costello Platts); the girls competition saw a rather low turnout resulting in the tournament directors bringing back the top 8 girls to play a knockout completion (Selene Kentish, Kyler Ambrose, Hannah Sternhagen, Joli Mc Donald, Chante Francis, Shareese Henry, Ashley Bersma and Myah Fejrarova.
These final matches will be played on Saturday 5th November, 2011 at Halcyon by Rex Resort.
The tournament organizers are pleased and thankful for the support received from the following
sponsors – American Airlines, Grace Kennedy(Western Union), Old Road Fund, ACT, Hadeed Motors, Colombian Emeralds and Call Center Services.
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