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BLTA continues matchplay series for juniors

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) has started a matchplay series to jumpstart tennis play for juniors in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The matchplay was started in the last quarter of 2020 at the BLTA’s National Tennis Center as competitive tournaments in The Bahamas were previously prohibited.

Organizer Shayvon Clarke stated: “The players are playing with more confidence and learning the rules of the game. There are players in the program at different levels. The kids are progressing quickly as each week goes by. This is a way to keep the kids in a competitive mode during this pandemic. We look forward to seeing more kids added to the pool of players as time goes on.”

Patrick Mackey Jr. and Aidan Miller were the two top players with the most matches played. BLTA President Perry Newton remarked that the matchplay event is a good junior tennis initiative (JTI) and thanked organizer Clarke for her oversight of the program.

Newton stated: “The BLTA continues to expand program offerings from ‘Play Tennis’ for beginners to JTI programs for intermediary and advanced players. We would like to thank the parents, coaches and players for their involvement.”

Juniors are invited to join in on Fridays at 4 p.m. at the national tennis center.

Interested persons are asked to please register by sending an e-mail to the public relations team of the BLTA at address pr@blta.net. Clarke will include all players in the matchplay.

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