More than $700,000 in prize money will be up for grabs when the 2016 General Accident Insurance Company tennis tournament serves off tomorrow at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The tournament will end on Sunday, April 10.This tournament will be part of the Llockett McGregor tennis series, and for the first time, it will be an Open tournament, with prize money attached. There will be Men’s and Women’s Open, Men’s Professional 35 for older players, and a Men’s Class 2 team event that will feature teams from Oaklands, Police Officers Club, Montego Bay, the Pegasus and Ocho Rios, and a special Liguanea Club doubles championship. Sixteen junior doubles teams will also participate.The whole idea, McGregor told The Gleaner, is to make the tournament more attractive to various groups of players, many of whom will participate so as to gain bragging rights among their colleagues, over the next year.At the launch of the tournament on Wednesday at the Liguanea Club, General Accident’s business development officer, Nadia Mitchell, lauded the organisers of the tournament and pointed to the fact that each year, the tournament was well supported by players and spectators. One hundred and fifteen players are expected to participate this year.Her company’s vision, Mitchell said, “goes way beyond the tennis courts because each year, this prestigious event brings together world-class players, and tennis enthusiasts” and this she said, “bolsters personal development of the youth players in particular, and creates the opportunity for individuals to engage in a diverse community centred activity.”The top-seeded male player is Damion Johnson, a former Jamaica No. 1 player. Current female champion Ffion Fletcher is the top female in the line-up, and in the Men’s 35, Dwayne Pagon, a former Davis Cup captain is the top seed.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES TNT gets new import, coaching consultant Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college University of Santo Tomas notched its first win in the Aldin Ayo era after surviving Far Eastern University, 76-74, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “UST deserves this because I felt [former UST] coach Boy [Sablan], I felt the community and they deserve this,” said a teary Ayo in Filipino. “They gave us this immense support.”“Although I was in a different team last year, I took this job because I felt the community and lots of my friends are there,” added Ayo, who is also a Domincan after having graduated from Colegio de San Juan de Letran in college.FEU looked to take advantage late in the game after Prince Orizu’s huge two-handed dunk and with UST leading by just one, 72-71, but rookie Garmy Mahinay scored on a follow up layup for the Tigers’ 74-71 lead with 1:43 left.Mahinay then nearly replicated his heroic shot but missed his free throw line jumper. Fortunately for UST, rookie CJ Cansino grabbed the offensive board with 31.5 seconds left.Henri Subido led UST’s offense with 18 points while Cansino scrapped for seven points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Orizu had a career-high 25 points with 15 rebounds for the 1-1 Tamaraws. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Growling Tigers bounced back after losing their opener against National University, 75-70.Rookie Ken Zamora hit the biggest shot of the game to give UST a 76-71 lead with just 18.5 seconds remaining after he beat the shot clock with a driving layup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlthough Hubert Cani made a three-pointer with 10.5 seconds left after a turnover from Marvin Lee, the Growling Tigers managed to calm down and pull off a defensive stop, forcing Arvin Tolentino to miss his shot from beyond the arc.Ayo turned emotional during the post-game press conference, saying the win is the start of the Growling Tigers’ efforts to give back to the Thomasian community which poured its trust in him the moment he took the head coaching job. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title