Juniors bring the heat at FOCOL Tennis Tournament

GIRLS 10 AND UNDER CHAMPION – Tatyana Madu smiles brightly as your 2019 girls 10 and Under champion of the FOCOL Junior Tennis Tournament. (PHOTOS: GBTA)

The FOCOL Junior Tennis Tournament delivered some entertaining matches once again.

The annual national tournament climaxed this past Sunday, October 27 at the YMCA tennis courts with champions in the various age divisions.

In the Girls’ Eight and Under (8U) Round-Robin Division, Daisha Burrows overcame all challengers to eventually defeat Caitlyn Pratt for the 8U singles title. 

Cameron Ferguson turned in one of the best performances in the Boys’ 8U Singles Championship. As a result, he prevailed against a tough opponent in Godfrey Cleare to win that division’s championship. 

It was on to the Girls’ 10U Singles Championship where Tatyana Madu defeated Kaylah Fox, becoming this year’s champion of that division. In the Boys’ 10U singles title match, Patrick Mactaggart defeated Dionsio Hepburn. 

The Girls’ 12U Championship contest came down to BreAnn Ferguson taking on Jelisa Clarke. This time around, Ferguson out-lasted Clarke to become the 2019 champion. Ferguson also doubled up on the championship hardware after she defeated Clarke in the 14U championship.

The duo teamed up later on in the Girls’ 14U Double Championship and defeated the pair of Rachel Thompson and Mattison Nesbitt. 

In the Boys’ 12U Championship, Jerald Carroll got the upper-hand on Patrick Mactaggart to lock up this year’s championship. 

Michael Major Jr. was on a clear mission during this year’s edition of the Grand Bahama Tennis Association’s annual tradition. Major went on to win both the Boys’ 14U and 16U titles. First, Major Jr. defeated Dentry Mortimer in the 14U championship. The double champion later moved on to prevail over Keiano Henfield in the Boys’ 16U Championship. 

Hepburn and Mactaggart teamed up in the Boys’ 14U Doubles Championship and quieted the pair of Henfield and Navon Bethel. 

Finally, the dynamic duo of Mortimer and Denali Nottage overpowered the team of Major Jr. and Jerrald Carroll in the Boys’ 18U Doubles Championship.  

Once the tournament was all said and done, president of the Grand Bahama Tennis Association Natishkah Barrett said, in light of everything the island has suffered, she was gratified that the tournament went well, in her estimation. 

“This past weekend’s tournament was a most enjoyable experience,” Barrett expressed, “The matches were fun and competitive and it is always good to personally see such good camaraderie among the Grand Bahama and New Providence players.  

“We are truly grateful that FOCOL remains committed to our nation’s youth as demonstrated by their sponsorship of this event for decades now.  I am also grateful to my fellow Councillors and other supporters for all their hard work to make the tournament a success.  

“The GBTA remains committed to the growth of the sport of tennis in Grand Bahama.  Next on our agenda is the IC Series Winterbotham Juniors Tournament planned for November 16 and 17 for the 10 and Under, and 12 and Under players to be held at the YMCA. 

“This is a collaborative event with the IC series organizers out of New Providence and has become an annual event.  We are also looking forward to our annual pre-Christmas Ham’s tournament this coming December. Hurricane Dorian may have presented us with many challenges, however, we will continue progressing to positively impact our community through the sport of tennis,” the GBTA president concluded. 

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