Three overseas-based Guyanese tennis players have so far expressed an interest in representing Guyana at this year’s inaugural Caribbean Games scheduled to be staged in Trinidad and Tobago in July.
Among those who’ve signalled an interest in returning to participate in the Games are former Men’s Singles champions Marvin Jeffrey and Diwani Lewis and former junior champion Avernelle Holder.
According to a source close to the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association, the three players had contacted the entity and communicated their desire to be part of a representative team to compete at the Games.
Jeffrey, who migrated in the mid 90s’, was a senior and junior champion at the same time, while Lewis replaced him as the best player on the local circuit, before he too departed on a scholarship.
Holder, who was the Girls 18 and under champion when she departed to the USA to take up a scholarship is currently reading for a Masters Degree in Business Administration, at Kent State University in Ohio.
According to Secretary of the GLTA Grace McCalman, the Association will be contacting the three players shortly to confirm their interest in representing Guyana and also to arrive at an agreement to when they will be able to return to participate in a training programme which will then be followed by a playoff between them and the locally-based players.
The current Men’s and Ladies champions are Phillip Squires and Shelly Daly-Ramdyhan, while the GLTA has to name two players and a similar amount of officials to attend the Games.
Photo on server Claude as: Diwani Lewis (left) & Grace McCalman and Avernelle Holder (left) & Vashena Bourne.
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