Mark “Venom” Griffith isn’t the only one who can’t wait for next week’s Massy United Insurance Clash of the Titans Road Tennis Tournament to serve off.
While Griffith, the defending champion, will be eager to take to the court to further strengthen his status as the island’s number one player, for the first time ever, veterans and two junior categories have also been included in the highly anticipated competition which will run from November 15 to 30.
During a press conference at Massy United’s Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown headquarters this morning, Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Road Tennis Association (PRTA) Dale Clarke revealed that the two categories were added due to the growth of the tournament.
“We have seen the growth of this tournament, and this year, we have created two junior categories, 5 to 12 years and 13 to 16 years, as well as a much asked for veteran’s category for persons 50 years and older,” Clarke disclosed.
The winner of the men’s division will receive a whopping $12,000, with the losing finalist taking home $5000 and the losing semifinalists $1,500.
The winner of the women’s category will be rewarded with $3000, with the losing finalist getting $1000, and the losing semi finalists $500.
The veterans will play for a first prize of $1,500, second place will win $750 and the losing semifinalists will receive $250 each.
The winners of the two junior divisions will each receive $500 in school supplies, while tablets, X Boxes and other prizes will also be up for grabs.
Preliminary matches will begin at 7 p.m. at the Villages at Coverley, with the competition moving to the Netball Stadium at the semifinal and final stages.
It will be the PRTA’s second tournament of the year, and Clarke said bigger plans were in store for 2016.
“In 2016 we will be hosting Road Tennis Road Shows across Barbados’ rural communities and we have been invited to California and South Africa to bring the sport to those countries, and in June 2016 we will play the Cream of the Crop road tennis tournament fully in New York,” he revealed.
Clarke thanked Massy United Insurance for its invaluable support to the tournament, which is now in its third year.
Massy United’s Business Manager for Barbados Sharron Alleyne-Elcock said the company had pledged to sponsor the competition $120,000 over a three-year-period.