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Clash of the Titans

The usually quiet environs of The Villages at Coverley in Christ Church will come alive tonight, as the highly anticipated Massy United Insurance Clash of the Titans road tennis competition serves off at the recently laid Coverley courts.

Mark 'Venom' Griffith will be fighting to retain his title.

Mark ‘Venom’ Griffith will be fighting to retain his title.

Defending champion, Mark Venom Griffith will be among 50 players taking to the courts, with high hopes of walking away with the first prize of $12,000, the biggest payday in the sport’s history.

However, it won’t be as simple as that for the number one seeded Griffith, with Antoine Lil Man Daniel, Julian Michael Jackson White and last year’s losing finalist, Curtis Jones, all slated to compete.

There will be some notable omissions though, with the highly ranked Anthony Ears Mitchell currently overseas and the Christ Church duo of Victor Earth Ward and Gary Kojak Thomas also out.

The keenly awaited return of Anderson Blackdog Richards has also been put on hold, with the veteran opting not to take part in the last major competition for the year.

While none of the top seeds will play in tonight’s opening round of matches, there will still be some exciting matchups on the court.

St Philip’s number one player, Ryan Hall, will take on promising youngster Keon Murrell; veterans Anthony Baku Simmons, and Jim Haynes will face off; Abbie Playboy Clarke will oppose the stylish Hanson Chandler; and Davian Forceripe Taylor will come up against Dwayne Hope.

Nine matches are set to be played, with the first game bouncing off at 6 p.m.

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