Four matches are slated for the opening of the Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry Open Tennis Tournament later today at the entity’s recreational facility at Bel Air.
The opening encounter which is expected to get underway at 6.00 pm, will feature Khawn Rodney challenging Romario Chanderballi in the Men’s Singles category. In the lone mixed doubles match of the night, the pair of D. Baharat/P. Clark will take on J. DeJonge/F. Bushell. Steven Bailey will compete against Dominic Fraser in the other match, and the night’s final contest, spectators will witness Martin Campbell playing against Charles Adams. The GBTI Open which can be described as the Grand Slam of tournaments locally will feature players from across the country, all of whom will compete in what is known as the battle of the year.
During the tournament, the players will feature in several categories such as: the Men’s Open Singles and Doubles, Ladies Open Singles and Doubles, Men’s Over-35 Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Junior Boys and Girls Open Singles and the Novice Medley Singles and Doubles categories.
The format for all categories except the Novice categories is the best of three sets. The Novice Categories will play one set to complete a match. Matches will be played from 5.00pm every weekday (except the opening day) of the competition and from 9.00am on weekends.
Four time Men’s Open Champion Anthony Downes, who has recently returned to Guyana to play in the tournament will start as favourite in the said category especially since number two seed Gavin Lewis has migrated to pursue a tennis scholarship. However the keenest competition is expected in the Men’s Over35 categories.