BLTA hosts junior tennis tournament
Junior players in The Bahamas are receiving more tennis match play and more competition. The executive board of The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) has added three new under-14 and under-16 tournaments to the tennis tournament calendar this year. The BLTA has also sanctioned the recent under-10 and under-12 International Club (IC) Bahamas Junior Series.
The event, which was sponsored by McDonald’s, held the first of the three new BLTA organized under-14 and under-16 tennis tournaments, last weekend on June 8-9 at the Gym Tennis Club in Winton.
The two top finishers of the tournament for the under-16 girls were the winner, Kinza Johnson, and Perjae Majorthe, the runner-up. For the under-14 boys Anthony Burrows Jr. was the winner, with Dentry Mortimer Jr. as the runner-up.
Sapphire Ferguson won the under-14 girls division, with Sierra Rodgers as the runner-up.
Darnette Weir, the BLTA president, spoke about one of her platform goals to increase match play among juniors.
“It is important that our players have more opportunities to showcase and test their abilities. This will allow them to identify and work on areas of improvement and to enhance and hone their strengths,” Weir said.
Weir thanked the Sanction Committee inclusive of Mickey Williams, chairperson; Natishka Barrett, Grand Bahama Tennis Association president; Ceron Rolle; Chilean Burrows; and Mike Butler, for their work in increasing tournaments by more than double for this calendar year; as well as McDonald’s for the sponsorship support and their investment into the youth of The Bahamas.