barbados cup

Bajan pair falls just short

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

By JUSTIN MARVILLE
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.

High hopes for tennis in region

JUSTIN MARVILLE justinmarville@nationnews.com

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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