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‘Baku’ has the last laugh


‘Baku’ has the last laugh

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Road tennis player Michael “Mikey Jean” Jean discovered on Friday night why superstitious Bajans greatly feared the folklore character “Baku” during the 1950s and 1960s.

When the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-Operative Credit Union Monarchs Of The Court road tennis championship continued at De Big Rock Arena, Jean met 62-year-old Anthony “Baku” Simmons with sights set on advancing to the round of 16 to battle No. 2 seed Julian “Michael Jackson” White.

However, playing with all of his guile and skills as the true “Sauna Master”, Simmons stunned Jean to eliminate him 21-19, 24-22, to the delight of a small but very vocal and supportive crowd.

Jean, who also bowed out in the first round in the last tournament, rankled his opponent from early with a taunt, asking him if he actually had the heart to turn up for the beating. The younger Jean seemingly did not know that “bakus” often sought the hearts of unsuspecting victims. (KB)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.