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.
Gareth Bale is not surprised Wales will face a full-strength Denmark in the Nations League after established stars including Christian Eriksen agreed on a resolution in their sponsorship row with the Danish Football Association (DBU).A Danish team made up of futsal and amateur players lost 3-0 in a friendly to Slovakia on Wednesday, but the DBU has now confirmed an agreement has been reached.Wales will, therefore, take on Denmark’s strongest side in Sunday’s Nations League clash after Bale scored for Ryan Giggs’ men in a 4-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in their opening game in the competition on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And the Real Madrid attacker, who has hit four goals in his last four games for club and country, is not surprised by the news that the DBU has temporarily resolved the issue.”We never thought it would be any different,” Bale told Sky Sports. “The friendly is different but for the qualifier we knew it’d be a strong team and we will be ready for the game on Sunday.” Giggs’ first competitive game in charge of Wales saw Tom Lawrence, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts all on target as well in addition to the Madrid talisman.”We had to put a good performance in for the new manager, first home game of a new regime, show what we’re capable of and make a statement,” Bale continued.”We’ve been working hard since the new manager came in, he wants to stamp his own style on us with attacking football and we want to express ourselves.”There was lots to improve but lots to enjoy and admire, we hope the fans enjoyed it.”Wales cannot reach the Nations League finals as they are in League B, but their placing in Group 4 could provide Giggs’ men with a route into Euro 2020.”Definitely – the aim is to win every game,” Bale said when asked if Wales were targeting top spot.”We know the format, it’s another way to qualify for Euro 2020 and we take it seriously like any competition.”