Jun 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on GBTI renews sponsorship for Annual Open Tennis C/ships
The Guyana Tennis Association (GTA) will serve off the 2013 Annual GBTI Open Tennis Tournament on July 11, at the GBTI Recreational Club, Kaieteur Street, Bel Air Park.
The GBTI Open has emerged over the years to be the GTA’s premier competition on its calendar of events.
The two week long tournament will feature the following categories: Men’s Open Singles and Doubles, Ladies Open Singles and Doubles, Men’s Over 35 Singles and Doubles, Mixed doubles, Junior Boys and Girls Open Singles and the relatively new Novice Singles and Doubles categories which was established two years ago for beginners and which sparked much interest in the competition for players to compete at the lowest level of the game.
The GTA is hoping to surpass the number of entries for the past two years, a number which is placed at just over 120 since the local tennis playing population is once again on the increase.
Some of the country’s top players have migrated, but there is still the anticipation of a very high level of competition which is expected to be highlighted by the more seasoned players such as defending men’s champion Anthony Downes along with Leyland Leacock and top Berbician Carol Humphrey.
A strong challenge is expected in the open categories by top juniors Daniel Lopes, Gavin Lewis and Nicola Ramdyhan.
GBTI’s CEO John Tracey, who is also a former tennis player, continues to express his desire to see the sport regain its prominence in Guyana. The entity’s annual sponsorship of this tournament and the provision of tennis facilities both demonstrate its unwavering support for the development of the game.
The format for the Open categories is best of 3 sets, while the Men’s Over 35 will play a super tie-breaker for the third set and the novice categories will play one set.
The action gets underway from 17:00hrs every weekday and from 08:00hrs on weekends.
The Tournament coordinators, Andrew Sawh and Grace McCalman have distributed application forms to all clubs.
They can be reached at 691-0940 and 626-7987 respectively.
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