The Subway Junior National Tennis Tournament kicked into high gear back on February 24-26.
The final matches were played that Sunday with champions crowned in the boys and girls’ 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 age divisions.
The winner of the boys’ 8 singles crown was Noah Russell, who defeated Alex Brown. Jolene Stan-Busuioc took on and defeated Tayana Madu in the girls’ 8 singles national championship.
Jerald Carroll and Khai Rees were set to battle it out for the boys’ 10 singles crown. Carroll, however, was declared the winner by walk-over (default). Jalisa Clarke was declared the girls’ 10 singles national champion. Clarke took on Rachel Thompson in the championship match and won by the score of 6-0, 6-1.
The boys’ 12 singles championship was decided by another walk-over. Michael Major was deemed the national champion as a result over Dentry Mortimer. The girls’ 12 singles championship was decided over in New Providence between Kaylee Kanuka and Saphire Ferguson. Kanuka won that tilt in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 10-3.
Kofi Bowe walked away with both the boys 14 and 16 singles championship trophies. First, Bowe had to get by Denali Nottage in the boys 14 championship. Nonetheless he bested Nottage in two sets, 6-4, 6-4. His boys 16 championship came by way of default over Donte Armbrister.
Gabrielle Simms won the girls 14 singles crown via walk-over. The girls 16 crown went to Sydney Clarke. The eventual girls 16 champion took on Abigail Simms and defeated her 6-3, 6-2.
Although Armbrister lost the 14 boys crown by default, he claimed the boys’ 16 singles crown by a walk-over.
Armbrister also won the boys’ 18 singles tilt over Michael Reckley. The double champion took that championship contest in two sets, 6,0 and 6-0.
Sydney Clarke also went on to claim the girls’ 18 singles championship. She defeated Gabriela Donaldson 6-2, 6-2.
Grand Bahama Tennis Association president said the event was another successful one. She also extended gratitude to the sponsors involved for their continued support.
“The GBTA wishes to thank Subway, its corporate sponsor of the national tournament, who has consistently been supporting the Association for many years now with this event,” she said, “We also would like to say we are deeply grateful to Mr. Shuffel Hepburn (Owner of Subway Freeport) who took time out of his busy schedule to speak at the opening ceremony to encourage the children in their quest to pursue excellence in the game of tennis.”
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017