Gavin Lewis won all of his round robin group matches and eventually displaced Daniel Lopes to win the Men’s Singles title, while Nicola Ramdyhan solidified her local number one ranking, firstly defeating Jamaali Homer before blasting away Afruica Gentle in a round robin affair when the Guyana Tennis Association in conjunction with the Surinamese company, Assuria, staged the Guyana’s premier invitational tennis tournament at the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club Thursday evening last.
Lopes eventually finished in the second place but it was Lewis who carted off the trophy for best performance from last year’s winner, Carlos Adams. This award is determined by members of the executive and is based on the ratio of games won as against those conceded.
Lewis’s greatest challenge occurred in the Boys Open against his long time rival, Daniel Lopes. He eventually called on his experience, utilizing adept lobs and passing shots to claim the top prize 6-3, 7-6, 7-2.
Ramdyhan defeated Jamaali Homer 6-4, 6-1 and followed up with a win over Afruica Gentle 7-6, 6-4 in one of the best female matches witnessed in recent times.
The Men’s Over-35 singles final between veteran, Carlos Adams and his Berbician counterpart, Godfrey Lowden, ended in favour of the former player, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8. In a highly competitive affair, Adams dropped the first set as Lowden set the pace with sharp angles even as both players traded passing shots. Adams rebounded with a win in the second set after Lowden increased the pace of the match but blundered with tactical errors which saw Adams equalizing the situation at 4 points before winning the next game and forcing a tiebreak.
In the third set of that confrontation, both principals battled furiously and Lowden managed to surge ahead 6-5. However, it was around that stage of the game that he seemed to have lost his concentration after a disputed baseline call which would have taken him to 7-5 had he succeeded in convincing the judges. Thereafter, Adams maintained his composure and chalked up 4 points to win the set and the championship.
Meanwhile, General Manager (ag) of Assuria Insurance, Yogindra Arjune was joined by Operations Manager, Clyde Muntslag, at the prize giving ceremony and both gentlemen were pleased with the outcomes of the tournament. Mr. Muntslag congratulated the organizers for a well run tournament and reminded them that his company will continue supporting their efforts. He lauded the initiative and committed to uphold the corporate responsibility to the GTA since he feels that the youths benefit immensely from the programmes.
In response, President of the GTA, Ramesh Seebarran expressed profound gratitude to his benefactor while commending him for the commitment demonstrated by Assuria. He said that the tournament has grown tremendously over the year and attributed this to the demonstration of discipline of the players. Mr. Seebarran further urged the players to engage in exercises to improve strength capacity in preparation for international engagements.
Tournament coordinator, Andrew Sawh was also appreciative of the support and he said that it enabled organizers to successfully conduct the tournament over a period of three weekends. He said that the tournament was highly competitive and expressed gratitude to the Barakat family and officials of the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club for the provision of the lighted facilities to host the tournament. Organizers selected the participants based on their performances and rankings over the past year.
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