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Top players facing heat in the Sauna


KENMORE BYNOE

Top players facing heat in the Sauna

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Honouring the masters and pocketing some change are the themes of the newest road tennis tournament, the Sauna Masters’ Road Tennis Championship, which served off at the Sauna in Bank Hall Saturday.

Fifty of the top players 50 years and over began the campaign, which will end on June 3 with the top player earning $800. Second place will win $400 while the two losing semi-finalists will take home $200 each.

Sauna master Anthony “Baku” Simmons indicated that the tournament was organised to provide competition for the veterans who wanted to relive some of their glory days.

“Many of us take part in the general competitions but we seldom get to relive battles of days ago as we do not get to meet each other in those tournaments.

“We can now clash once again with opponents of our time and fitness level and many of the youngsters can see what we used to offer on the court. In addition, this is our way of honouring the stalwarts who created and kept road tennis alive,” Simmons said.

In addition to Simmons, players like favourite Anderson “St George” Sealy, Philip “Foff” Garner, Shawn Gilkes, Anthony “Funnel” Moore and the legendary Deighton “Pa” Roach have all signed up for the battle in the Sauna.

The early morning action saw Anthony Bowen coming from a game down to defeat Antoine Greaves 19-21, 21-17, 21-7. 

A new-look Edwin “Mandela” Ward, minus his dreadlocks and now clean-shaven, showed some generosity in letting Rickey Grimes out of the sow, but beat him 21-15, 21-16. (KB)

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