French Champion and former No.16 world ranked Xavier Malisse with a powerful return.

French Champion and former No.16 world ranked Xavier Malisse with a powerful return.

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 12:00am

Grand Slam winner Xavier Malisse took to the court last Thursday at the Barbados Tennis Centre as part of a youth development programme featured in the 2nd edition of the Barbados Cup Junior Tennis Tournament.

Malisse flew into the island after an invitation by Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup, Karl Hale, and the Caribbean Cup Series. The two have been working together throughout the Caribbean to promote the game of tennis. The tennis star, who has defeated the likes of Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal, put on a clinic for around 20 children. The Barbados Cup has attracted players from all around the world including China, Japan, United States and United Kingdom.

Get Away & Play (Tennis) in the Caribbean!: October 24 - October 27, 2018

{TORONTO, ON—} October 22- 27, 2018 will bring in over 100 athletes from around the world to the beautiful, vibrant island of Barbados for the second annual Barbados Cup Tennis Championships. Barbados Cup will feature both adult and junior (ITF) sanctioned tournaments, as well as a week full of socials, networking and a pro exhibition match!

The tournament will be played on hard courts at the National Tennis Centre and consist of numerous events for each age group. Junior players can compete in enter singles or doubles in the U18 draw; And adults have the opportunity to compete in singles, doubles or mixed doubles. the adult championships will also be divided into four tiers: Open, A group, B group and Fun (recreational).

Bajan pair falls just short

Kaipo Marshall teeing up a forehand during yesterday’s doubles defeat. (Picture by Gavin Hinkson.)

Added 29 October 2017

Close, but no cigar. Bajans Kaipo Marshall and Romani Mayers barely missed out, falling just two points short of winning yesterday’s Boys’ under-18 doubles title of the inaugural Barbados Cup at the National Tennis Centre.

Holding a late 8-6 advantage in the deciding super tiebreaker, the hometown boys dropped the last four points of the match in a gut-wrenching 6-4, 1-6,  [8-10] defeat to second seeds Frederic Fibleuil and Jean Philippe Murray on Court 3.

It was the heart-breaking finish to a title game the Bajans appeared to have wrapped up after Marshall came up with a huge forehand winner for 8-6.

King giving back to Dominica with benefit match


Added 19 October 2017

THE STARS are coming out with the king of swing to give back to Dominica.

Local tennis fans will get another chance to see their ace at home, as Darian King is set to feature in next week’s upcoming Barbados Cup Charity Exhibition alongside Bajan personalities DJ Puffy, West Indies cricketer Sulieman Benn and sports journalist Justin Marville.

The event is scheduled for October 26 at the National Tennis Centre will see King and his fellow Davis Cup teammates participate in a number of fun events and doubles matches to raise funds for Dominica and the Barbados Tennis Association.

“Originally we wanted to go with the normal tennis exhibition but we thought it was best to go outside of the tennis community because when people watch or play tennis for the first time they tend to get addicted to the sport,” said King’s older brother and co-organiser Christopher King.

“It’s something new for Darian too because he’s always wanted to give back and now he’s getting off the serious tennis, so it gives him a chance to unwind, have fun and still give back while connecting with his fans.

“And the charity really is about helping out the junior programme to help out our kids with travelling to tournaments, so eventually in a couple years Darian can have another Bajan out there on the tour with him,” he added.

The exhibition, which includes comedian Carl “Alf” Padmore, radio personality Carol Roberts, Member of Parliament Santia Bradshaw and DJs Salt and Don, will be centred around a number of doubles matches along with other fun events like target games. (JM)


High hopes for tennis in region


Added 24 October 2017

Barbados Cup organiser Karl Hale believes players like Darian King (pictured) can drive up the interest of tennis in the region.

At least one man thinks the Caribbean can be the next wellspring for tennis.

Renowned tennis administrator Karl Hale believes the Barbados Cup is just the start of bigger things to come, having said that this region can eventually play host to professional ATP events.

Hale expressed the view ahead of yesterday’s start to his inaugural Barbados Cup event that features an ITF junior tournament plus a big exhibition match between Bajan ace Darian King and American Jesse Witten.

“I am from Jamaica originally, and the past couple years I started a plan to develop tennis in this region with more ITF junior tournaments, professional events and exhibition matches all across the Caribbean with the hope of promoting the sport and increasing the facilities here,” Hale said. (JM)

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