Brown set to thrill at Tryall Ten­nis Clas­sic

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

HIGHLY CEL­E­BRATED Ja­maica-con­nected ten­nis pro­fes­sional Dustin Brown is set to take the court along with other pop­u­lar stars in west­ern Ja­maica to­day, when the renowned Tryall Club host the thrilling Tryall Thanks­giv­ing Ten­nis Clas­sic.

This year’s event is aimed at strength­en­ing the club’s legacy as it re­lates to the de­vel­op­ment of ten­nis among youth in west­ern Ja­maica.

“We are com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of youth here at Tryall. Hav­ing Dustin per­form at this year’s match is a spe­cial hon­our, as many of his for­ma­tive train­ing years were spent here at the Tryall Club,” re­marked Richard Fer­di­nand, di­rec­tor of guest ser­vices at the Tryall Club.

Among the stars set to shine in the ex­hi­bi­tion matches are JanMichael Charles Gam­bill, who has a ca­reer high WTA rank­ing of num­ber 14, Michael Rus­sell who has played 115 Main Draw Sin­gles ATP events, Aran­txa Parra San­tonja a mem­ber of the 2012 London Olympic team who has ranked 46 at her high­est ca­reer sin­gles ti­tle and Irina Fal­coni who had her high­est WTA rank­ing at num­ber 63.


The play­ers will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from ten­nis clin­ics to ex­hi­bi­tion matches.

Brown, pop­u­larly known as Dreddy, is a Ja­maican-Ger­man ten­nis player. As a young­ster, he trained in Ja­maica and ben­e­fited from Tryall’s ten­nis pro­gramme. He rose to fame af­ter beat­ing Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Halle Open and Wim­ble­don 2015, and is known for his ag­gres­sive and flashy play­ing style. Brown com­petes mainly on the ATP Chal­lenger Tour, both in sin­gles and dou­bles. He reached his high­est ATP sin­gles rank­ing of world No. 64 in Oc­to­ber 2016.

The day’s events will get un­der­way with a clinic where ten­nis stu­dents will get a chance to meet and par­tic­i­pate in ex­er­cises with the pros. The high­light of the day, how­ever, will be the ten­nis clas­sic which be­gins at 4 p.m. These matches will fea­ture men’s sin­gles, men’s dou­bles and mixed dou­bles matches and prom­ise to be highly ex­cit­ing.

The Tryall Club has had a long and rich history in the growth of ju­nior ten­nis in west­ern Ja­maica.

Its annual sum­mer pro­gramme has con­trib­uted to the early ca­reer of the likes of Win­fried Wein­beer and Dustin Brown. In 2012, the Tryall Club in part­ner­ship with the National Com­mer­cial Bank, hosted Venus and Ser­ena Wil­liams who par­tic­i­pated in a ten­nis clinic for about 50 stu­dents.


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