Johnson favoured to lift Liguanea title
Jamaica's top-ranked tennis players are challenging for top honours in the 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament, which kicked off on Monday night at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.
Reigning national men's champion and number one seed Damion Johnson is favoured to win the competition, in which 32 players are battling for top honours. However, the number two seed, Dwayne Pagon, also has a good chance of taking the title. Jeremy Miller and Yussuf Migoko, who are seeded third and fourth, respectively, are also in contention and either player could upset the pecking order.
In the amateur competition, reigning national class two champion Leighton Burton, is tipped for the win, but Stephen Todd, Scott Jones and Rafael Romero are also strong contenders.
For this year's tournament, leading petroleum products dealers Total and UHY Dawgen Chartered Accountants have come on board as headline sponsors.
"We have strong sponsorship support and very competitive draws in both the open and the amateur competitions, so we expect to have an excellent tournament and a week of exciting tennis," said tournament director Llockett McGregor.
In early-round action in the open draw on Monday night, Carlos Phillpots beat Myles Harrison 6-2, 6-3, Mivkel Riley defeated Alric Sproul 6-2, 6-1 and John Azar stopped Daniel Hill 6-3, 6-2.
In the amateur competition, Jermaine Case beat Orville Mattherson 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.
The open competition continued last evening with Johnson taking on Gregory Spencer, Miller matching skills against Stefan Wilson and Migoko up against Phillpots. In amateur action, Leighton Burton played Pawan Bhushan, Stephen Todd went head to head with Marlon Hosang and Scott Jones battled Sproul.
The 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament will run straight through until Friday.
In addition to Total and UHY Dawgen, tournament sponsors include Avis, Lifespan, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Technologies and Cari-Med.