Frost, Lawrence for final

The juniors of the 2015 SOL Open and ITF Grade 5 Seniors/Super Seniors Nationals outplayed the masters when Kyle Frost shone against his father Bernard Frost and Xavier Lawrence delivered an outstanding performance over Damien Applewhaite to reach the final.

Both semi-finals were played on Tuesday night at the National Lawn Tennis Association’s court and in the first encounter young Frost trounced his father in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to take the best of three sets quite easily.

Frost, senior, a former Barbados Davis Cup player, looked confident in the quarterfinals when he won in straight sets against top under-14 player Romani Mayers with some great volleys and drop shots at the nets. This time around Frost tried that method against his son but Kyle was having none of it and with some superior groundstrokes was able to get past his dad.

Kyle Frost returns a shot during the battle against his father Bernard Frost. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Kyle Frost returns a shot during the battle against his father Bernard Frost. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

In the other semi-final match-up that proved to be even more exciting despite rain interruptions that forced the game into another day’s play, sixteen-year-old Lawrence won convincingly 2-1 against former five-time Davis Cup player Damien Applewhaite.

Xavier Lawrence defeated Damien Applewhaite easily to secure his place in the final.
Xavier Lawrence defeated Damien Applewhaite easily to secure his place in the final.

Barbados number one ranked junior player Lawrence took the opening set 6-4 but Applewhaite managed to show up with his A game in the second set and won 6-1. In that set Applewhaite was up 5-1 when he developed cramp but was able to finish and tie the game at 1-1 when the rain came. That meant the game had to be rescheduled for the following day and with both men being fresh Applewhaite found himself trailing the young talented Lawrence 3-0 as the Queen’s College student never let up and went on for the kill 6-3.

One of the finalists for the men’s over-45 was decided when Steve Slocomb secured his place with a 7-6, 6-5 victory over Bernard Babb.

Slocomb will await the winner of the other semi-final being contested between Harry McKenzie and Alan Grogan. That game was unable to finish due to more rain and at that stage Grogan had won the first set 7-5 and Mackenzie was up 5-3.

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