|Rainy weather can’t defeat tennis tournament aces|
|Thursday, 02 June 2011 10:11|
Patience was the name of the game as play for last weekend’s Graceway Tennis Tournament was on and off and on again due to rainy weather.
The tournament, which kicked off Friday, May 20, was repeatedly postponed all the way into the following weekend ending on Monday, May 30.
But rain could not dampen the spirits of Turks and Caicos Islands’ tennis fanatics, who took advantage of bouts of dry skies to complete all tournament matches.
“The level of tennis was great to see,” said head coach Rey Garcia. “We can see the improvement of the players with each tournament. It is also very encouraging for us to see the tournaments growing each time.”
One of the tournament’s highlights was the juniors matches, where young players keep impressing both spectators and the coach. Many of the youths have been training over past months, showing great improvement according to Garcia.
Juniors Doubles Champs Ben Levy and Niv Itzhak held off Rodrigo Vazquez and Gabriel Diotte-Joly to defend their title, taking home the first place trophy for a second time.
The Juniors Singles final was a nail-bitter to the finish between the 11-year-old Vazquez and Tristan Greene. Vazquez was leading 6-0, but Greene fought his way back to tie it up 6-6. Vazquez was able to hold off Greene, taking the win at 8-6.
On the women’s side, reigning champ Kelcy Grandsire victoriously defended her title against Denise Douglas.
For the men, it was Yoshi Ono who won an impressive match to take the Men’s Singles title ahead of second-place Ingo Reckhorn. This was a sweet win for Ono, who lost in the finals of the previous tournament.
Ono and partner Doug Carlson also took the win over Reckhorn and partner John Zammit for the Men’s Doubles title. The match was broken during the first set due to rain with Reckhorn and Zammit up 7-6. After a break to wait out the short rain fall, Ono and Carlson came back with vengeance to take the win 9-7.
“We were really grateful to all the sponsors, Amanyara Villas, Java Island, AIB, Yoshi Sushi Bar, Total Rent a Car, Jsd Internet Cafe and United Consultant Immigration who are helping us to make this possible,” Garcia said.
The aim of the tournament, the second for 2011, is to increase the interest and participation in the sport of tennis on the island. Since he joined the Graceway Sports Center in 2010, Garcia has hosted a tournament each quarter of the year.
Along with the tournament, thanks to the sponsors, Garcia is now offering free tennis lessons for juniors every Saturday.
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