Best of the best take to tennis courts
Two simultaneous road tennis tournaments have been providing highlight reels for fans.
And last night Hanson Chandler provided the biggest upset of the night when the Silver Hill Road Tennis Championships continued. Playing in the ‘A’ class division, Chandler edged out veteran Lloyd “Dickman” Burke 21-19, 21-19 in two intriguing and exciting games on the Silver Hill hard courts.
Despite leading for the majority of both sets, Burke was unable to put away his left-handed opponent, who benefited from a controversial call on the game’s final point to wrap up the victory.
Southpaw Edwin “Darkman” Ward survived an early scare, dropping the first set, before rebounding to overcome Aaron Douglas 17-21, 21-19, 21-16 to advance to the next round.
In other ‘A’ class matches, Louis “Louis Dog” Daniel defeated Jefferson Scantlebury 21-11, 21-12, Michael “Mikey” Jean dismissed Kyle King 21-13, 21-17, Jamal “Bob” Best edged Alexander “Fire” Clarke 24-22, 21-16, while Curtis Jones won by default over Terry Harris.
In the ‘B’ class division, Nicholas “Nick Nick” Ellis notched his second victory of the competition, easily defeating Ramon Taoub 21-13, 21-16.
However, both Shawn Forde and Randy Bennett were pushed to the limit before emerging victorious.
Forde just managed to scrape past Desmond Wooding 21-18, 21-19, while Bennett won by the same score-line over Nicholas Matthias.
In the lone ladies match, Susanne Scantlebury defeated Andisha Howell in straight sets 21-19, 21-13.
Meanwhile Andy “Blackdog” Richards has been put down in spectacular fashion in the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Limited Monarchs of the Court road tennis competition.
Just one match after bursting back onto the scene Richards was ousted in straight sets by rising teenager Dario Hinds 21-11, 21-17 last night at the Wildey courts.
The highly anticipated showdown never materialized though, as Richards never showed any of his usual aggressive play in a match that was expected to produce plenty of fireworks.
Instead, he chose to try to out-rally his younger and much fitter opponent, but without much success.
It resulted in an easy straight sets victory for Hinds, who will now move on to face another junior in Kyle King in the next round.
Charles “McEnroe” Griffith, a former champion of almost two decades ago, also produced a shocker, when he defeated David Arrendell 20-22, 21-17, 21-15 in a marathon set.
The two men entertained the crowd for over an hour, engaging in long rallies and at times, recovering seemingly impossible shots, much to the delight of the crowd.
In the end though, cramps got the better of Arrendell, forcing him to play unusual attacking strokes, which eventually led to his demise.
The other top seeds strolled in the final 16, with last year’s losing finalist Julian “Michael Jackson” White doing so in emphatic fashion with a merciless 21-6, 21-5 crushing of Wayne Grazette.
Top seeded Mark “Venom” Griffith was also in fine form, topping Dwayne Lynch 21-3, 21-14.
Junior Emar Edwards defeated Junior “Ju Ju” Collymore 21-19, 21-11 and Marson Johnson overcame Jamal Branch 21-17, 21-14. Abbie Clarke and Jeffrey “Borah” Best both won by default after their opponents, Anderson “St George” Sealy and Shibbir Greendige respectively failed to show.