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DIGBY AMBRIS: “It’s Time to Work and Read from the Same Page”

Saint Lucia Tennis Association’s (SLTA) 1st Vice President, Digby Ambris last week applauded all who took part in making the Christmas Tennis Classic the success that it was, noting that “it was a sacrifice to get out at these odd times, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic and successfully brought off an event like this at short notice.”

(L-R) SLTA 1st Vice President Digby Ambris says, “Its time to work in unity”; Girls Green Ball Champion, Kahenya Mukora receiving her award from Digby Ambris, Boys Under 11 double champions, Denney Estava and Sanjay Lake receive their winning trophy from senior men’s tennis player Randolph Rosemond. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) SLTA 1st Vice President Digby Ambris says, “Its time to work in unity”; Girls Green Ball Champion, Kahenya Mukora receiving her award from Digby Ambris, Boys Under 11 double champions, Denney Estava and Sanjay Lake receive their winning trophy from senior men’s tennis player Randolph Rosemond. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

“To the administrators at the NTC, I don’t think they could deserve anything better than saying they went beyond the call of duty, and it was an idea of theirs to keep tennis going during these difficult times,” Ambris stated.

“Kudos to the parents for participating in this event with the children, it was a new dimension in their development in the sport. I am only hoping that we can continue with events like these where a number of our stakeholders will become involved,” he added.

Ambris spoke of the constraints the SLTA faced in producing the Christmas event.

(L-R) Boys Under 9 champions and losing finalist Kimari Felix and Armani Rosemond received their award from tennis coach, Ron Blanchard; Girls Under 15 champion and losing finalist Iyana Paul and Latoya Murray; Boys Under 15 champion and losing finalist Jonas Sylvester and Mc Carvy Cyril received their trophies from Junior tennis player Thaddeus Emile. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Boys Under 9 champions and losing finalist Kimari Felix and Armani Rosemond received their award from tennis coach, Ron Blanchard; Girls Under 15 champion and losing finalist Iyana Paul and Latoya Murray; Boys Under 15 champion and losing finalist Jonas Sylvester and Mc Carvy Cyril received their trophies from Junior tennis player Thaddeus Emile. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

“During these difficult times, we should try to work together and read from one page. Any differences and opinion that we may have, I think it is better to come together and talk about it and get to a common ground instead of going separate ways. I certainly have seen some progress in that respect, but there is always room for improvement and I am appealing to all stakeholders to observe the simple rule of engaging where there is a difference. If we engage in a respectful way we can achieve a lot, because we want to see tennis prosper and develop in Saint Lucia,” Ambris said.

The curtains came down Wednesday on the 2021 SLTA final event for the year with the awards ceremony taking place at the National Tennis Centre in Beausejour, Gros Islet.

(L-R) Men’s singles champion Joey Angeloni and losing finalist Arden Rosemond, awards presenter, Digby Ambris; Men’s doubles losing finalist, Ajaunie Scott and Petterson George, awards presenter, Saint Lucia Olympic Committee representative, David Christopher, and champions Aaron Gerald and Joey Angeloni. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Men’s singles champion Joey Angeloni and losing finalist Arden Rosemond, awards presenter, Digby Ambris; Men’s doubles losing finalist, Ajaunie Scott and Petterson George, awards presenter, Saint Lucia Olympic Committee representative, David Christopher, and champions Aaron Gerald and Joey Angeloni. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

The tournament which was scheduled to end on Tuesday evening went an extra day (Wednesday 22nd) due to rain which delayed the men’s open final and men’s doubles finals.

In the men’s final, Joey Angeloni continued his unbeaten championship run by defeating Arden Rosemond in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 to take home the CTC trophy, and in the men’s doubles, Angeloni who lost to Aaron Gerald in his opening men’s singles match on Day 1, teamed up with Aaron Gerald to defeat Petterson George and Ajaunie Scott 6-2, 6-0.

Following the men’s doubles finals, the following awards were presented.

Mc Namara Orange Ball Cup: Boys Under 9 Champion – Kimari Felix, losing finalist, Armani Rosemond. Girls Under 9 champion, Merkisha Justin, losing finalist, Nefertari Godard.

Rosemond Green Ball Cup: Boys Under 11 champion – Denney Estava, losing finalist, Sanjay Lake. Girls Under 11 champion, Kahenya Mukora, losing finalist, Imara – Marie Fadlien.

Acers Under 15 Cup: Boys Under 15 champion – Jonas Sylvester, losing finalist, Mc Carvy Cyril. Girls Under 15 champion- Iyana Paul, losing finalist Latoya Murray.

Picture moment as local tennis players celebrate their respective wins, Christmas Tennis Classic 2021. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Picture moment as local tennis players celebrate their respective wins, Christmas Tennis Classic 2021. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

SLTAI Men’s Open Cup: Men’s open champion, Joey Angeloni, losing finalist, Arden Rosemond.

Boys Under 11 Doubles champions – Denney Estava & Sanjay Lake, losing finalists, Aiden Rosemond and Armani Rosemond.  Girls Under 11 Doubles champion – Merkisha Justin & Kahenya Mukora.

Boys Under 15 Doubles champion: Mc Carvy Cyril and Alhil Cyril, losing finalists Peter Murray & Soren Claremont, Girls Under 15 Doubles champion – Iyana Paul & Jaelyn Henry, losing finalists, Amara Jn Marie & Amia Jn Marie.

Men’s Doubles champion: Joey Angeloni & Aaron Gerald, losing finalists, Petterson George and Ajaunie Scott.

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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