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SLTA Christmas Tennis Classic Today at the NTC

The Saint Lucia Tennis Association (SLTA) Inc., will today stage its Christmas Tennis Classic (CTC), the final tournament for 2021 at the National Tennis Centre in Beausejour, Gros Islet.

(L-R) Still undefeated in Men’s and Ladies singles, Joey Angeloni and Alysa Elliott will start as favourites. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Still undefeated in Men’s and Ladies singles, Joey Angeloni and Alysa Elliott will start as favourites. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

A number of the island’s talented youth players will compete in the following categories: Under 9 and Under 11 Orange / Green Ball; Under 13 and Under 15 Open; Male and Female Open and Doubles and Mixed Double. Players will have an opportunity to be crowned the 2021 CTC champion in the various categories.

Some of the individuals who will be showcasing their talent on centre court are players who represented Saint Lucia recently and on the local circuit participating in the Independence Day Classic, Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS), Summer Slam and Vernon Lewis VL Bash championship.

Vernon Lewis VL Bash Men’s Open champion, Joey Angeloni and losing finalist Aaron Gerald will start as favourites to win the CTC men’s championship. Keeping a close eye will be Arden Rosemond, Peterson George, Thaddeus Emile, Nathan Elliott and Brendon Eugene, all of whom will be aiming for glory to finish off the year on a winning note.

(L-R) Aaron Gerald, Peterson George and Arden Rosemond. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Aaron Gerald, Peterson George and Arden Rosemond. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

In the ladies, Independence Day Classic, TOGS and Vernon Lewis VL Bash champion Alysa Elliott who will be looking to continue her unbeaten run, will start as favourite to win the CTC open championship. COTECC ranked players Iyana Paul and Lotoya Murray will be aiming to put a stop to her dominance, while Amara Jn Marie will be eyeing her first major championship win.

The Under 12s boys and girls will see the likes of Ahlil Cyril, Denney Estava, Peter Murray, Jaelyn Henry, Amia Jn Marie and Brianna Jn Baptiste in action. The six players recently represented Saint Lucia at the International Tennis Federation / Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation Under-12 tournament in the Dominican Republic.

(L-R) Iyana Paul, Lotoya Murray and Amara Jn Marie. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Iyana Paul, Lotoya Murray and Amara Jn Marie. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

According to the organizers, all players must report to the event organizers 15 minutes prior to their scheduled match time. If a player is absent 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, the player will be defaulted. The Directors have the final decision on all matters relating to the CTC tournament.

Tournament Director Scyla Murray, said, “The four day tournament is expected to be highly competitive and exciting; the players are hoping to perform well and to be  contenders for the top spots. We wish for a strong performance from all the athletes and a competitive and safe tournament.”

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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