Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Veteran Alan McNab was the first winner to emerge at the fourth Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championship which served off on Tuesday at Liguanea Club, New Kingston.
McNab, who is well into his 30s, easily got by Shavi Pinchas in straight sets - 6-1, 6-0 - in their Class One meeting, to progress to the second round.
McNab's desire is not fuelled by winning, but he is just looking to remain competitive and have fun.
"I love competing and it gives me some reason to practise and come out and show what my wife and I practise four days a week for, so that's the reason (for me playing)," McNab said.
"I never look at the draw, as I just want to have some fun," he reinforced. "I hope to go out there and play my best in the next match, and we will see where it goes from there."
Pinchas, who attends Hillel Academy, conceded to McNab being better than him, but vows to improve.
"He was better than me and I made my own mistakes, which I should improve on soon," the 14-year-old Pinchas said. "I need to improve on my consistency and my head game as well."
In other results on opening night, Daniel Gyles bt Akeem Hinds 6-3, 6-1, André Spence bt Brandon Azar 6-2, 6-3, Orick Angus bt Nigel Casserly 6-0, 6-1, Dane Vernon bt Gordon McFarlane 6-0, 6-1 and Ryan Simms bt Stefan Wilson 6-2, 6-1.
Allie McNab and Daniel Hill got walkovers as their opponents Leon Jamieson and Gwayne Cox, respectively, failed to show, while top seeds Damion Johnson and Dominic Pagon got a first-round bye.
The competition, which runs until Sunday, features in excess of 80 participants divided into five categories - Men's Open, Women's Open, Men's Class One, Men's Class Two, and Men's Class Three.
The various class winners and winner of the women's category will be rewarded with a weekend for two at a top local hotel. The Men's Open is the only group to attract prize money, with the winner to pocket $100,000. The runner-up, semi-finalist, quarter-finalist and persons who make it to the round of 16, will earn $50,000, $25,000, $12,500 and $6,250 each, respectively.
The defending men's open champion is Pagon, who is seeded at number two, while Jamaica's top player Johnson is the number-one seed.