High schools tennis serves off today
The four-day Berger King Inter-scholastic Tennis Championships begins today, with a full slate of matches at the Eric Bell Centre, starting at 9 .a.m.
More than 150 students from schools across the country, including Ocho Rios High, Cross Keys, Montego Bay, Campion College, Norman Manley, Hillel Academy, St Andrew High and Jamaica College, are down to compete in this year's tournament.
They will compete in the boys' and girls' Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 categories.
Sicquene Sinclair, the defending Under-18 champion, is expected face tough challenges from Shantal Blackwood and Michaelann Denton.
A new champion will be crowned in the boys' Under-18 section, this as last year's winner, Kamarsh Crumbie, has exceeded the age limit.
Ramone Doyley, Sheldon McIntosh, and Horatio Ludford are the main competitors for the title.
In the Girls' Under-16 section, Shaddae Findlay is the defending champion. Phardia Kapple, Kristina Cohen and Milan Carter are her main challengers.
Douglas Burke, technical director of Tennis Jamaica and tournament organiser, expects an exciting tournament.
"It is a great chance for students across Jamaica to represent their schools in an individual competition," said Burke. "We had the schools' team tournament in November last year, but this is the individual tournament and so we are expecting a lot of entries from schools throughout Jamaica and not just from the schools in the Corporate Area."
He added: "I would also like to thank Burger King for their continued support of the sport and we will certainly do our part to make this a successful tournament."