GTC searching for more female tennis players
September 9, 2014

GTC searching for more female tennis players

The dearth of active female players in the sport of tennis in St Vincent and the Grenadines will get a look in by the Grassroot Tennis Club, with a view to helping to address the issue.{{more}}

The non-representation of girls from the GTC at the recent OECS junior tournament in St Lucia, was a glaring reality.

“Definitely we have to try to get more girls on court, since all the other teams that were in the tournament were able to enter girl teams,” head of the GTC Grant Connell told SEARCHLIGHT.

“This we intend to do in October when we tap into the Police Youth Arm when post-graduation of the officers who complete the tennis course at GTC, later this month,” Connell projected.

At the OECS tournament, GTC was represented by the male pair of Antonio Cain and Akeil De Roche.

Cain and De Roche, who were initially placed in Group B, defeated Suriname but lost to Jamaica.

Because of rain, organisers were forced to re-adjust the tournament’s format, as the duo were then placed in play-offs to determine fifth to eighth positions.

Cain and De Roche defeated St Lucia team two, but lost to St Lucia team one, thus securing the sixth place.

Trailing the Vincentians were Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, Grenada and Barbados.

Despite this, Connell said, “the boys gave a good account of themselves… We are definitely back on the map for OECS boys junior tennis…. We now return to the court to work on different aspects of the game.”

Connell commented, “The one day a week practice of Antonio Cain must be increased, since [he is] competing with boys who play for three and four hours there, and four times a week, and this is where hitting those thousand extra balls in practice makes a difference… Grassroot Tennis Club will continue its efforts to explore the possibility of building a tennis court in Byera to facilitate the process, as in the case of Cain and many others to follow.”

Connell thanked those individuals who made it possible for the GTC contingent, which also included manager/coach Khir Huggins to travel to St Lucia.

“I would like to thank our sponsors Mustique Company Ltd, SVG General Services and the Mustique Tennis Club, in particular Stephen Joachim, Leroy “Fly” Edwards and Richard Schaffer for their kind assistance… They understand the need for youths to compete regionally, not just competing locally…They all understand sport and the role it plays in the development of the youth,” Connell said.

The GTC head noted that the under Joachim’s presidency of the local Swimming Association, the sport is making a bigger splash; Edwards is a former OECS Squash champion and Schaffer, who has helped to develop tennis coaches for the past two decades, are phenomenal contributors to the development of sports in St Vincent and the Grenadines. (RT)