A large appreciative crowd was at hand to witness Mark “Venom” Griffith defeat Dario Hinds 21–14, 21–15 and 21–15 in the finals of the Cream of the Crop Road Tennis Tournament at Parkside Playground, Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday.
There were also a number of exhibition matches played by the Barbadian contingent that included four officials, six players and members of the Caribbean media Team.
Champion Griffith was presented with his prize of BDS $5,000 by Dr Mathew Eugene, New York City Council Member for the 40 District of Brooklyn. Hinds received $2,500.
President of the Professional Road Tennis Association Dale Clarke said the event –– a first for New York –– was part of a strategic plan to promote the game in the United States and elsewhere.
“Road Tennis has the potential of becoming the best affordable international competitive sport. The game is very popular and growing in Barbados. This event is a step in that direction, “ Clarke said.
The event was organized and coordinated by Samuel Clarke and Gregory Hinds of the Pride of Barbados Road Tennis Association in New York who reportedly replaced the original organizers at the last moment.