By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sport s Reporter
OVER the past few weeks, Michael Butler has been bringing some top notch tennis competition to the community of Flamingo Gardens with his Southwest Tennis Club.
The latest tournament was the Doubles Challenge, which was completed on Majority Rule Day, Monday, December 10. Among those in attendance to view the event was Carmichael’s Member of Parliament Keith Bell, the Minister of Immigration.
The tournament concluded with the team of Edward Turner and collegian Elana Mackey winning the open mixed title with a 4-2, 4-3 decision over the team of Southwest Tennis Club’s director Michael Butler and Indira Hamilton. Butler, however, claimed some gratification when he teamed up with Patrick Rocca to secure the men’s doubles junior veteran championship title with a 4-0, 4-1 victory over the partnership of Julian Robinson and Barry Usher.
There was also an exhibition junior singles match with Shavano Hanna taking care of his brother Sherano Hanna 4-2.
The tournament was sponsored by A+ Pest Control Company and Bahamas Waste Management.
Butler said he was very encouraged by the many persons in the community who came out to view the competition. “It was a wonderful exchange between a diverse group of tennis players and their supporters,” he said.
As for the competition, Butler said it was as exciting as it was for the Holiday Invitational Tournament over the Christmas holiday. “We saw an extraordinary display of talent and performances from players we had not seen in past tournaments, whereas there were improved performances from players who regularly play in our tournaments,” he said. Butler, who also conducts a vibrant youth baseball league in the community, said his organisation is now planning the way forward for 2022 and will be releasing their schedule of events in short order.