Howitt tourney this weekend

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 16 October 2012

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The 15th Annual Christopher Howitt Tennis Championships will serve off this weekend at Ocean View Tennis Club, Hilton, St Michael. No. 4-ranked national player Seanon Williams is expected to defend his title and last year’s finalist, veteran Bernard Frost, will also continue to do battle in the open division after his fine showing at the National Championships last month. Russell Moseley, the most in-form player this year, hopes to stand in their way and will try to add this elusive title to his national open crown and the Pine Hill and Courtesy Garage titles won earlier this year. Alyssa Fuentes, who is overseas at college, will not be on hand to defend her 2011 title and the way looks clear for diminutive Melena Lopez to add to her women’s No.1 ranking. In the men’s and women’s Over-35s the field will find it hard to dethrone last year’s winners John Chandler and Donna Gibbs, respectively, while Raymond Forde will also attempt to ward off challenges in the men’s Over-45s division. These championships have been a perennial favourite on the tennis calendar and this year should be no exception, with more than 120 participants expected to fight it out on court. The juniors will begin on October 26 and the event is expected to end on November 11. This is the third leg of the Courtesy Garage Race Of Champions event where players earn points from four tennis competitions throughout the year. Entries close tomorrow and can be sent to the Ocean View Tennis Club. (PR/SAT)

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