BLTA senior nationals get underway at national tennis center
The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) Senior National Championships got underway this past weekend at the BLTA’s National Tennis Centre with action in four divisions – over 35 men, over 45 men, over 55 men and open women.
The national event gives ranking points for males and females in singles, doubles and mixed categories.
On the first day of competition, in the over 55 men’s singles, Tommy Turnquest took down Mike Butler as Butler retired in the first set, trailing 2-1. Also in that division, Sandy Reid won over Cory Francis in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1.
In the over 45 men’s category, Dwayne Gibson took down Rudy Williams in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-2; and in the over 35 men’s singles category, Perry Newton Jr. prevailed over Clint Kemp in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-3.
In the open women’s category, Pippa Vaslov blanked Richette Percentie, 6-0 and 6-0, and Ingrid Mignott won over Esther Newton, 6-1 and 6-3. Brent Johnson, Bud Cambridge and Alejandro Mesples won their singles matches via walkovers.
In doubles, in the over 45 men’s category, Devlin Fisher and Everette Munroe won over Godfrey Virgil and Kevin Major Sr., 7-5 and 6-3; and in mixed doubles, Bjorn Ferguson and Richette Percentie advanced via a walkover.
On the second day of competition, in the over 55 men’s singles category, Turquest defeated Jon Issacs in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-0 and Reid advanced via a walkover.
In the over 45 men’s category, Johnson won over Mesples in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0; and in the over 35 men’s singles category, Stafford Armbrister defeated Ferguson in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-4.
In the open women’s category, Rita Roy won in a third set tiebreak over Ingrid Mignott, 3-6, 6-2 and 12-10.
In doubles, in the over 45 men’s category, Otmar Rafeur and Mesples blanked Sweavon Smith and Rod Kawalran, 6-0 and 6-0, and Rudy Williams and Perry Newton took down Patrick Fernander and Clint Kemp, in two tough sets, 7-6(5) and 7-6(8). Also, Turquest and Larry Rolle defeated Johnson and Ferguson, 6-4 and 6-1.
Finally, in the over 55 men’s doubles category, the team of Godfrey Virgill and Kevin Major Sr. won over Cambridge and Eugene Higgs in a third set tiebreak, 6-4, 3-6 and 10-0.
So far at the senior nationals, according to reports, there has been a high level of tennis with a number of players showcasing tremendous skills. The competition is now in high gear and there is expected to be some great matches leading into the finals in the respective categories.
The national event wraps up on Saturday at the BLTA’s National Tennis Centre.