CONGRATULATIONS TO THE U12 ATHLETES AFTER A GREAT REPRESENTATION IN BARBADOS
Team St Lucia was unstoppable at the C.O. Williams U12 Tennis Tournament in Barbados. One singles champion, two singles finalists, one doubles champion, one doubles finalist and one consolation finalist.
Congratulations are on the way for Team St. Lucia after a smashing performance at the C.O. Williams Tennis Tournament in Barbados, St Lucian athletes have surely outdone the rest of the region this time around. What was most impressive was the level of sportsmanship displayed by our athletes.
Champion of the U12 boys Singles event Alhil Cyril remains undefeated as he carries the championship trophy home. Cyril was very determined, focused and pushed though to claim this title. Although Cyril was the number four seed in the main draw he did not allow this to stop him from reaching his goals. He defeated the number one seed in the final his countryman Denney Estava where he won in straight sets. He has really evolved and is ready to represent St. Lucia again at the upcoming U12 team event in June.
Denney Estava topped the table after the round robin stage which was a great accomplishment for him, he was the number one seed in the main draw. Estava was undefeated until he got to the final to play his countryman Alhil Cyril for the championship. Cyril got the best of him winning the tournament in straight sets. Overall he came in second. He partnered with Cyril in the doubles where they took out the Trinidadian duo, then breezed past the Barbadians in straight sets. In the finals they faced a pair of Trinidadians in a competitive and exciting match. They lost the match after a tough fight in three sets. They were the finalist in the doubles (2nd place).
Amia Jn Marie made the final of the girls U12s only losing to Abba Campbell-Smith for the championship. She is the runner for in that event. She partnered with Campbell-Smith in the doubles where they defeated all the other teams making them the doubles champions. This is inspiring especially for the upcoming girls in the sport.
Sanjay Lake was able to secure a spot in the consolation final where he lost to Barbadian placing 2nd.
New to the regional scene was Andretti George, Immanuel Charles, McCarvy Cyril, Aayush Sharma, Nathanael Charles and Ishaan Sharma. They were knocked out but was able to play against athletes at a much higher level which was a great experience for them.
. The athletes have exceeded expectations where they placed St. Lucia back on the map when it comes to regional tennis. On behalf of the St Lucia Tennis Association we wish to thank all sponsors St Lucia Electricity Services, The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS), The New India Assurance and you the wider public for providing our athletes with the opportunity to travel to compete in this tournament. Overall the opportunity was well received.