Devi Sunich, wife of the proprietor of Trophy Stall handed over the sponsorship cheque
and symbolic partner trophies to the Guyana Tennis Association President Grace McCalman for the hosting of the 5th annual Trophy Stall Doubles Tennis Tournament.
The tournament will be conducted over three weekends starting from Saturday November 29th to Sunday December 14th. Matches will be played primarily at the National Racquet Centre on Saturdays and Sundays from 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs.
Matches will also be played at the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club from 17:00hrs to 21:00hrs on weekends and some weekdays. The categories being contested are Ladies Open Doubles, Men’s Open Doubles, Men’s Over 35 Doubles, Men’s Over 45 Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Novice Medley Doubles.
At the presentation, McCalman recognized the unwavering support of the Trophy Stall enterprise, not only to tennis but to sports in general and reminded Ms. Sunich that the launching of this tournament in 2010 recreated significant interest in competitive doubles.
Players, both male and female, who were considered novice at that time, are now confidently venturing into the Open categories. McCalman expressed optimism about the expected quality of matches even though she lamented the loss of several competing veteran doubles players over the years as club facilities declined and players migrated.
The majority of great doubles players generally emerge from active recreational clubs especially when there are lighted courts for extended play late in the evening. Despite this obvious limitation, there has been steady improvement in doubles among juniors and novices over the last few years as clubs continue to make efforts to rejuvenate their membership.
In the highly anticipated Men’s Open Doubles category, reigning GBTI Open doubles champions Jason Andrews/Anthony Downes are expected to lead the field, but there is word of a possible teaming up of top junior Daniel Lopes with former Men’s Champion Phillip Squires to create a potent force for net play.
Other pairs are the veteran team of Leyland Leacock/Nicholas Fenty who were the finalist last year and the Glasgow brothers. These exciting match ups promise to make this 5th edition of the tournament, the most exciting and entertaining one yet.
The Tournament Coordinator Gavin Lewis can be reached at 656 3449. Entrance forms which have been distributed at clubs are due latest Wednesday November 26th. All players are urged to participate and attend the Opening Ceremony scheduled for 08:45hrs on Saturday November 29th.
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