New tennis hub
Watch out Belfield and Bush Hall. There’s a new road tennis hub in town.
The Villages at Coverley is set to become the newest centre for Barbados’ leading indigenous sport following a decision to host both the semi-finals and finals of the Massy United Insurance Clash of the Titans road tennis competition at the popular location.
According to Dale Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Road Tennis Association (PRTA) –– the organizers of the event – the switch from hosting the semis and finals at the Ranch on the Spring Garden highway to the Christ Church venue was made after numerous requests from spectators.
“People have fallen in love with Coverley and it looks like it could become the newhome for road tennis,” Clarke told Barbados Today in an interview earlier today.
“It attracts people from all demographics, they feel comfortable and secure, and the environment is beautiful.
“We were going to host the finals at the Ranch, but everyone wants to come to Coverley so we decided to make the switch,” he explained.
However, while the competition has been free up to the quarter-final stage, spectators will now have to pay $5 to view the semi-finals and $10 for the finals.
Clarke argued that entrance fee was a small price to pay for such a high quality event.
“Regardless of who wins, it is gearing up to be an exciting tournament. People are getting an opportunity to see high class road tennis for $5 and $10 and to me I think that is very reasonable,” he explained.
“This tournament is the PRTA’s flagship competition and in keeping with the high standards, I think imposing an entrance fee is a reasonable request.”
The CEO said additional bleachers as well as decks would be provided, as he expected a crowd close to the 5,000 which attended the finals of the Monarchs of the Court competition which was held at the Ranch.
Clarke explained the finals, which will be held on Independence Day and carries a first prize of $12,000, will also be streamed live via the Caribbean Media Corporation and Trident TV, which is available on MultiChoice.
He said in addition, they were also working to get the event streamed live through Starcom Network.