YOUNG, aspiring tennis players will get into action this weekend for the first time in five months. That’s the word coming from the Saint Lucia National Tennis Association (SLNTA) as it gets set to host TOGS Open Classic on Friday 15th January 2021 at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) located in Beausejour.
The tournament will be played over two weekends ending on Sunday 24th.
It is still unclear as to the number of participants who will be entering across the three age categories namely the Under-10 red, orange and green ball; Under-14 and Open Male and Female.
This is the first event at the NTC since August when the last tournament dubbed ‘Summer Slum’ was held.
It is more than likely that Samuella Bertrand, Amir Jn Marie, Jordyn Bishamber, Jaelyn Augustin (girls/green ball); Mathew George, Sanjay Lake, Dante Joseph, Reggie Weeks, Aiden Rosemond, Abbazeke Jules, Denney Estava and Anderth George (boys/ green ball) will showcase their talent.
Amella Rosemond, Amara Jn Marie, Shahealer Jules, Latoya Murray, Eridania Mc Vane, Alysa Elliott, Nathan Elliott, Iyana Paul, Jorja Mederick, Arden Rosemond, Brandon Eugene, Nathaniel Charles, K-Zahan Elwin, Petersen George and Joey Angeloni will look to continue their all round performances where they left off in August.
All eyes will certainly be on Sanjay Lake who captured his first career title by defeating Mathew George in the green ball finals; Joey Angeloni will be hoping to win his third consecutive championship, he is currently the 2020 Independence Day Classic and Summer Slum champion Open Singles champion.
With no Jessica Eudovic around this time to create any major upset on court No.1 she having returned to the USA to continue her education; the rivalry will continue between the Independence Day Classic champion Alysa Elliott and Iyana Paul, the Summer Slum 18s champion in the Ladies Open category.
Meanwhile, the SLNTA is leaving no stone unturned as all COVID -19 protocols will be in place to include, individual temperature testing upon arrival at the NTC; hand sanitizing and social distancing.