Griffith, Hinds for tennis final
Mark “Venom” Griffith and Dario Hinds will compete in the finals of the Cream of the Crop Road Tennis Tournament at St Andrew’s Park, New York, on August 29.
Last night at the Villages at Coverley, Christ Church they earned the right to the showdown with contrasting but still hard-fought victories. The thriller was undoubtedly the first game of the night between Curtis Jones and Dario Hinds.
Hinds found himself in the world of strife after Jones took the first two sets at 21-17 and 21-15. Both men played well with Jones committing fewer errors.
It seemed that the third game would have just been a formality for Jones who obviously had the momentum going into what should – for him – been the clincher.
But Hinds, in a show of resilience and with a never-say-die attitude, dug deep into his reserves of will power to reel off three straight set wins at 21-13, 21-18 and a monumental finish at 22-20. It would be easy to say that Jones let slip a golden opportunity but Hinds’ play was irresistible down the stretch and as he clawed his way back he had the crowd loudly rooting for him.
In the main attraction of the night champion player Griffith overcame a potent force in Emar Edwards to win 19-21, 21-13, 21-19, 21-16. The youthful Edwards played outstandingly in the first set that saw a number of quality shots on both sides of the court.
However, Griffith’s game is very much about patience, consistency and minimum risks, and he outlasted Edwards with the discipline that has become his forte.
The Professional Road Tennis Association is seeking to promote the game in the USA and along with Hinds and Griffith, female players will also be heading to the United States to participate in a number of exhibition games.