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BARBADOS - tennis 2006
Sep 26 2006 By Corey Greaves Compliments of the Barbados Advocate
THOMAS HILL claimed the boys under-14 title when he defeated the top seed Jackson Kerr when the 2006 Esso Juniors National Tennis Championships continued over the weekend at the National Tennis Centre. < Read more >
Competition is being played on red clay at the Maya Country Club in San Salvador and runs from June 14-18.
The Barbadian squad completed training sessions over the weekend and coach Yarde said they were not daunted by a lack of available clay courts on the island.
"We have a good squad of talented players and I think they will be able to make the adjustments ... we have about two days to get used to the clay," Yarde said.
The players are not new to Davis Cup play, having been on previous squads, and represent the current crop of the island's leading players.
From the glory days of competing in Group 2 in the 1980s, Barbados has been languishing in Group 4 among the weaker teams in the Americas for more than five years, and the squad is seeking to elevate the country to Group 3 this year.
To the south of the island there are courts at the site of the Barbados Hilton (the hotel is in the process of being rebuilt) Club Rockley and the Casuarina hotel.
The National Tennis Centre has its home at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium at Wildey. Plus there are many individual courts to be found on the properties of luxury villas.
BARBADOS' latest sporting prospect intends to seriously pursue his dream of making an impression on the international tennis world.
Haydn Lewis, a 19-year-old left-hander and one of the island's most promising junior tennis players in recent years, has turned professional and will pursue his career from the Australia-based camp of coach Peter Smith.
"Right now I have an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking of 1223 but I hope to be among the Top 600 in the world by the end of 2005," Lewis told WeekendSport. < Read more >
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