Mon | Feb 18, 2019

Phillips hunts higher ITF world ranking

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2019 | 12:25 AM
Local tennis player Randy Phillips (left) accepts his RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation award for Tennis Player of the Year from Molly Rhone at the RJRGLEANER Communications Group offices at 32 Lyndhurst Road, St Andrew, yesterday.

Reigning RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Tennis Player of the Year, Rowland ‘Randy’ Phillips, said he is aiming to lower his International Tennis Federation (ITF) world ranking in 2019.

The 24-year-old Phillips, who had an outstanding season on the courts last year, collected his award from Gary Allen, chairman of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation, at his company’s head office on Lyndhurst Road in St Andrew yesterday.

Allen said Phillips should have collected his prize during Friday’s award ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, but there was a mishap on the organisers’ part.

“There were some challenges in the operations backstage,” Allen explained. “There were some people who were not accounted for. We are trying to make sure that we get everybody, but unfortunately, we missed some people.

“I think that everyone who came deserved to have their moment of their presentation, and so we are trying to make sure that we correct that because, when you have performed, and performed especially well for your country, and we are recognising you, we need to make sure that we do that,” Allen said.

INTERNATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

Phillips, who is the 2018 JN Bank Open Tennis singles champion, said he is very grateful for the award and he will be working very hard to improve his game on the international stage.

“It is a really good feeling because I have been playing well, so it is nice to get this award,” Phillips said.

“I would like to continue doing well at the Davis Cup, because my personal goal is to go there and not lose any matches.

He added that 2018 was a very good year because he made a lot of strides and good steps in his career. “I got my world rankings to be higher than it has been before, so I would like to just continue it in 2019,” he said. “My ITF world rankings is 1,200, so my goal, maybe by summertime, is to get that to around 900 or 800.”