The Guyana Tennis Association (GTA) recently launched its most anticipated competitive event of the year, the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Tennis Open 2017, with a start date of Friday June 2.
Scheduled for its sixth edition, the tournament continues to attract the largest contingent of seasoned as well as novice local tennis players. Having committed this annual tournament to the GTA during 2010, the bank still remains the sole provider of at least two tennis courts on which the GTA can host its only tournament with the full complement of categories.
The two-week long tournament will feature 13 categories: Men’s Open Singles and Doubles, Ladies Open Singles and Doubles, Men’s Over-35 Singles and Doubles, Men’s Over-45 Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Junior Boys Open Singles, Junior Girls Open Singles and Novice Medley Singles and Doubles.
The Ladies Open Singles draw this year will lose last year’s finalist Nicola Ramdyhan, who is currently training in Florida, but the Men’s Open draw will benefit from a coinciding visit from top player Daniel Lopes, who is also attending college in Florida.
The format for all categories except novice is best-of-three sets. The novice categories will play one set no advantage. The action gets underway from 17:00h every weekday of the competition and from 08:00h on weekends.
Entrance forms have been distributed to all clubs and via the association’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/
The opening ceremony for the tournament is set for 16:30h on June 2, immediately after which first round matches will commence. The general public is invited and all players and officials are expected to be present.