‘Venom’ looking for three-peat
Road tennis champion collects prize money
A warning has been sounded to all comers.
Mark “Venom” Griffith , the man who collected a $12,000 cheque just in time for Christmas, is focused on a three-peat in the 2015 Massy United Insurance Clash Of The Titans road tennis championships.
Griffith , who has established himself as the biggest “Titan” of road-tennis in Barbados, formally collected his prize money last week during a handover at the sponsors’ Dome Mall operation, at Warrens, and wanted the word to go far and wide that it will not be an easy task to dethrone him.
“I won in 2013 and 2014 and for sure I will be looking for a three-peat in 2015. I’m always training and seeking to take my game to a next level,” he said.
The champion also praised Massy United Insurance for raising the level of tennis in Barbados with significant sponsorship of the Clash Of The Titans tournament and further suggested that the major tournament had been good for the sport, with several more players taking their game seriously.
Senior marketing specialist with Massy United Insurance, Karen Richards said her company was happy to contribute to the growing recognition of road tennis and road tennis players in Barbados and also to provide the wider population with exciting and wholesome entertainment.
“In partnership with the Professional Road Tennis Association , as well as Massy Card and Massy Stores, we have been achieving our objective of developing this indigenous sport and attracting a higher level of participation. Again next year the tournament will feature more exciting battles among men, women and junior players,” she said.
The two men’s finalists, as well as patrons attending matches, also received gift vouchers from Massy Card and Massy Stores.
President of the PRTA, Dale Clarke described the 2014 Clash Of The Titans as a major success and said the annual event had emerged as the island’s “flagship tournament”.
“We had a high standard of play and we also succeeded in widening the fan base of the sport with matches at the new base at the Villages at Coverley. Next year is going to be bigger and better,” he said.
In the play-offs in the 2014 Clash Of The Titans tournament, Griffith defeated crowd favourite Antonio Daniel 22-20, 21-12, 16-21, 21-15, while Kim Holder came from a set down to defeat Rachel Smith 17-21, 25-23, 21-17 in the women’s final. Dario Hinds took the junior title with a 12-21, 21-17, 21-19 win over Darius Gaskin.