Last Sunday evening, the Leyland Leacock/Trevor Fenty duo brought down the curtains on the 2014
Trophy Stall Doubles Tennis Tournament to cop the Men’s Open Doubles title after defeating the Khalif Gobin/William Spangler pair 6-4, 6-2. The match was played in the evening under flood lights at the Le Ressouvenir tennis courts.
The expression in tennis which says that the score does not reflect the match was applicable to this encounter since spectators witnessed team momentum shifts, punctuated with the ability of all of the players to drop big serves. Spangler served first and was broken but managed to return the favour to Leacock’s service game, leveling the tie at 1-1.
Junior National Squad player Gobin held service for his team with his flavor of powerful serves, which were later answered by Fenty’s signature kick serves. The game continued to progress at a balance 4 for 4 until Fenty and Leacock broke and sped away to win the first set 6-4. They seemed more determined in the final set and took an early break towards finally securing the second set at 6-2.
On Friday, the Over 35 Men’s Doubles category concluded with fierce competitiveness in their encounters much to the delight of the few spectators who felt that this was a breath of fresh air to rejuvenate veteran tennis in Guyana. The oldest partnership of four years in the category, the dominant team of Godfrey Lowden/Omar Persaud was the main attraction on court as they played a more aggressive game and
made significantly less unforced errors as they battled in their last match to eventually score the most wins in their round robin group.
They defeated Sam Barakat/Lineu De Paula 6-3,6-4 and Albert Razick/Bo Arbogast 7-6(8/6), 6-4. Albert Razick/Bo Arbogast defeated Sam Barakat/Lineu De Paula 6-1, 6-1.
In the Mixed Open Doubles Category the Leyland Leacock/Afruica Gentle pair defeated Orande Dainty/Aretta Dey 6-4, 6-2 to grab the title. This highly anticipated doubles tournament completed the GTA activities for 2014 having been extended to January for completion after being plagued by bad weather during Mid-December.
The closing ceremony for the Tournament will be held today Saturday January 31 at 4:00pm at the National Racquet Centre Tennis Courts. All players are asked to attend.
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