THIS YEAR’S staging of the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships will serve off next Monday at the newly refurbished Eric Bell Centre at the headquarters of Tennis Jamaica, Piccadilly Road.The championships will run from August 17-22. The men’s champion will pocket $100,000, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The ladies champion will receive $40,000, and the second place will walk away with $20,000. A total of $260,000 has been budgeted by the organisers for prize money.Categories will include men’s singles, women’s singles, Class II men’s singles, men’s singles 45-year-old and over, men’s doubles and Class II men’s doubles.”The tournament is particularly special for us this year because it will be the first senior tournament to be played on our recently refurbished courts. The venue has a rich history with some of the island’s more memorable Davis Cup battles having been played there, as well as the early display of the talents of many outstanding players,” Aswad Morgan, first vice-president of Tennis Jamaica, said during the launch and official reopening of the Eric Bell Tennis Centre.He said the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Tennis Championships serves as a critical component in the long term vision of Tennis Jamaica.”We continue to be grateful to Hi-Pro for their sponsorship of our tennis events over the past four years. We also want to thank the other sponsors on board with the tournament this year,” Morgan added.exciting, challenging championshipsDavid Sanguinetti, Tennis Jamaica’s tournament director, said he is expecting an exciting and challenging championships.”We are expecting an exciting championships with competition from some of Jamaica’s top players, so come Monday, at approximately 3 p.m., the competition will serve off,” Sanguinetti said.Hi-Pro’s business development manager, Dayne Patterson, said his company was delighted to be associated with the staging of the 2015 tournament. Hi-Pro, a division of the Jamaica Broilers Group, is the title sponsor for the second year running.”We once again look forward to another exciting year of great plays and spectator interactions as we partner to grow the tournament exponentially each staging,” Patterson pointed out.Other sponsors include Salada Limited, Hi-Lyte, Reggae Jammin’ and Jamaica Money Market Brokers.The draw for the tournament will take place tomorrow.
Two persons were yesterday travelling from Mahaicony, ECD headed in a westerly direction in a silver grey vehicle when, at about 16:00h and while in the vicinity of the KK Gas Station located at Unity, Mahaica, the driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control and slammed the vehicle into a lantern post before crashing head-on into a nearby guard hut at the gas station.The impact of this collision caused the entire front of the vehicle to fold in, while the right side was completely shaved off.The driver of the vehicle — unidentified up to press time — died as a result of this collision, while the passenger has sustained serious injury and has been admitted at a city hospital.