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Johnson, Knight take General Accident Insurance tennis titles

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 4:00 AM

Leroy Brown

Gleaner Writer

Damion Johnson and Shaneka Knight took top honours in the General Accident Open Tennis Championships, which ended at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston recently.

The one week long tournament attracted 120 participants and produced excellent and competitive tennis throughout.

Fittingly, it ended with a thrilling battle between Johnson and former Davis Cup captain Dwayne Pagon, that went to three sets. Johnson eventually prevailed, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

In the female final, Knight, who was seeded at No. 2 in the tournament, proved too powerful for the No. 1 seeded Ffion Fletcher, winning 6-4, 6-1.

Pagon, who had an excellent tournament won the Men's Professional 35 or older players, by defeating Yussuf Migoko 6-0, 6-2.

Previously an amateur tournament, there was an upgrade this year with sponsors General Accident Insurance Company agreeing to come up with substantial prize money and making it an Open tournament.

The Johnson versus Pagon clash produced the most exciting and competitive tennis of the tournament, and Pagon, who is now back to his old form, pushed the No. 2 ranked Jamaica player all the way. Johnson had consistently good all round court play throughout, but Pagon, although losing his service games several times, showed remarkable resilience and refused to capitulate.

Daniel Hill won the Top 16 Invitational Junior Doubles event with 22 points with Cole McNair as runner up with 16 points. Karl James won the Members Invitational with nine points from Peter Berry with eight points. The Liguanea Club team of David and Stephen Shirley and Stephen Steele won the Club Team competition. The Oaklands team of Leighton Burton, Lloyd Nelson and Garth Darby, were the runners up. Matthew Rodriguez and Kobi Wilcott won the Sportsmanship awards.

Sharon Donaldson the Managing Director of General Accident Insurance Company, said that she was very pleased with the growth of the tournament each year. She praised tournament organiser Llockett McGregor for the high standards seen and stated that the aim of her company was to make the tournament bigger and better each year.