Monarchs of the Court serves off today
ONE LUCKY FEMALE road tennis player has enviable odds of 1-14 to drive away with a $65 000 car and $4 000 cash when the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union Monarchs of the Court Road Tennis tournament climaxes on October 1.
The tournament, which serves off this evening at De Big Rock Arena on Spring Garden, has seen a disappointing 14 women entering the fray in spite of the tantalising prizes. Thus, the women will play in four groups before the top two from each group advance to the quarterfinals.
The men’s also show significant decline in entries with just 30 players taking part which is a far cry from the 60 plus who normally go after the big cheques on offer in Professional Road Tennis competitions. Winning the first game will catapult the men into the round of 16, which commences the payday.
Among the men the indomitable Mark “Venom” Griffith will be looking to collect his second car in the Monarchs of the Court while the evergreen Julian “Michael Jackson” is still seeking his first mega payday in a PRTA tournament.
Among the women number one Kim Holder hopes to park the new car at the Transport Board depot where she is a bus driver while naval officer Sheldene Walrond who has been sinking Holder of late could be marking out a parking spot at the Coast Guard headquarters.
There are 40 other players who could spoil the plans of that quartet. Realistically, it would take a major miracle for 30 of those outside contenders to upset Holder, Walrond, Griffith or White.
The PRTA’s plans to include a novice section was scuttled by under-subscription with that money being added to the mixed double competition while the juniors are battling for starter accounts at the Credit Union.
When the draws were made on Friday at the sponsor’s headquarters just a few early clashes evolved with Emar Edwards facing David Arrendel and Dario Hinds drawing Shawn “Schwarzenegger” Spencer. Both Griffith and White have earned byes into the next round.
Holder is in Group ‘A’ along with Abigail Haynes, veteran Susan Scantlebury and former top table tennis player Julia Morris-Young. In Group ‘B’ are Walrond, Kyana Holder and the promising Maudlyn Blunt. In Group ‘C’ are Rachel Smith, Miranda Manning, Samanta Rodger and Margo Lorde while Cherene Ward, Carlyn “The Model” Haynes and Juliet Worrell are in Group D.
The action begins at 5 p.m. with Kyana meeting Walrond. Abbie “Playboy” Clarke and Morris-Young meet Alexander “Fyah” Clarke and Sandra Bailey in the mixed doubles with Corey Mayers and Carlyn facing Gregory “Coach” Gill and Blunt.
The men’s open will see an all Christ Church affair between Jamar “Bob” Best and Victor “Earth” Ward before Scantlebury meets Abigail and Hinds closes out the night with a battle against Spencer. (KB)