Former Barbados Davis Cup player Bernard Frost has secured a place in the semi-final round of the 2015 SOL Open and ITF Grade 5 Senior/Super Seniors National contest played last night at the National Tennis Centre.
The veteran Frost had to pull out all the stops when he came up against one of Barbados’ top under-14 players Romani Mayers in the quarter-finals of the men’s open. Mayers fought well but lost 7-6 and 6-2 to Frost who served at 5-3 on the first set and was broken to set up a tiebreaker at 6-6. Frost won the tiebreaker 7-2 and went on to win the second thanks to some lovely volleys and drop shots at the nets to make Mayers work harder.
It is very possible that Frost could play his son Kyle in the semi-final once he can get past Andrew Thornton in tonight’s quarter-final game. Outside of Barbados’ current Davis Cup players Darian King, Haydn Lewis, Russell Moseley and Seanon Williams, Thornton is the next highest ranked player on the island.
Two others have earned a semi-final spot and former Davis Cup players Damien Applewhaite did impressively well to defeat number three seed Ryan Moseley 6-4, 6-1 and reach the semis of the men’s open.
Also through to the semi-finals is Xavier Lawrence, Barbados number one ranked junior player. Lawrence won 6-4, 6-1 against Robert Hayden who failed to show up. That means sixteen-year-old Lawrence will play Applewhaite in the men’s open semi-final.
Current Barbados Davis Cup captain Kevin Yarde was in action when he teamed up with Brandon Lee to take on the victorious Richard Marsh and Derek Scutt who won 6-1, 1-6 and 10-4 in the men’s open doubles.
It was in that tiebreaker that the momentum switch in Marsh and Scutt favour and allowed them to secure their places in the semi-final.
Former national player Donna Gibbs won comfortably over Simone Bannister 6-0, 6-0 to book her place in the ladies over 35 semi-finals.