Barbados Tennis Association 2015 Sol Nationals – Day 2 via Harry MacKenzie

The match of the day was Robert Hayden v Lloyd Slocombe. Hayden (U16), one of our junior players, came up against Lloyd Slocombe (O45), one of our veteran players, in what turned out to be a topsy-turvy match where the momentum swapped back and forth between the players throughout the match.

Hayden got off to a shaky start losing the first set 6-3 only to fight back in the second to square the match. In the final set both players came out fighting and at 4-3 Slocombe managed to break Hayden’s serve to take what looked to be a match winning lead of 5-3 and having only to hold his serve for the victory. Hayden held his nerve while momentum swung back in his favour and he went on to win the set and the match.

Another match of note was the pairing of Aleisha Alleyne v Amelia Dickson in the Women’s Open draw. Both players are top juniors who share a healthy rivalry with 3 other girls in the U12s and U14s. Alleyne won the hard fought match against Dickson 6-2 7-6 (4) to progress to the second round of the Women’s Open event.

Alleyne is a promising young player who, along with Hanna Chambers, represented Barbados in the Caribbean U12 Developmental Championships in Curacao this year. Alleyne was undefeated in the event and both Alleyne and Chambers secured Barbados a place in this year’s U12s Masters tournament to be held in Mexico.

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