Stephens creates history by winning Hi-Pro senior title

first_imgTennis history was created at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre last Sunday when 13-year-old Michaela Stephens, a student at Liberty Academy in Kingston, became the youngest player to win the female singles section of a Tennis Jamaica senior All-Jamaica tournament. Stephens defeated 28-year-old Pauline Henry 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships. In the male section, the No. 1 seed, Damion Johnson, who was runner-up last year, defeated Dwayne Pagon 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. Stephens, who will be 14 years old in October and is also the All Jamaica Junior champion, controlled the game from the start and used her superior service to set up winners, while staying aggressive throughout the match. She also adjusted to the windy conditions much faster than her opponent, who served a spate of double faults. Henry, who is an entertainment coordinator at the Holiday Inn Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, had been off the tennis scene for some time. She told The Gleaner that her last tournament was two years ago and she was coaxed into entering this tournament, thus, she was only able to practise for a few weeks. She was disappointed at not taking the top prize, but took consolation in the fact that she had reached the finals, which will encourage her “to return to the game and play as much as my work schedule will allow me”. Stephens’ mother, Jacinth Bryant, toasted her daughter after the victory with a bottle of sparkling grape juice. “I am a happy woman today,” she told The Gleaner. “Michaela works very hard, and it is good to see her achieving this type of success.” In the men’s Class Two, Barry Hazel defeated Leighton Burton 6-2, 6-2 and in Class Three, Sean Martin defeated Marlon Hosang 7-5, 4-6 and 10-6 in the Super tie-breaker. In the men’s doubles, Pagon and Matthew Rodriguez defeated Jeremy Miller and Cliff Dwyer 6-4, 3-2 and in the women’s doubles, Stephens and Jenna Harrison defeated Gina Delisser and Pauline Harrison 10-5.last_img read more

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Serena’s coach says in-match coaching would boost tennis

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Eventually, Williams called Ramos “a thief,” drawing a third violation, this one for “verbal abuse,” which cost her a game. Williams was fined a total of $17,000 the next day, including $4,000 for coaching, which is not allowed in Grand Slam matches.The WTA does allow coaching during women’s matches at other tournaments. The tour’s CEO, Steve Simon, said in the aftermath of the U.S. Open final that it “should be allowed across the sport.”The sport’s various governing bodies and Grand Slam tournaments have been looking at the issue, with some sounding more willing than others to consider permitting coaching. Wimbledon, for example, has made clear that it is “fundamentally opposed to any form of coaching during a match.”Banning coaching, Mouratoglou wrote Thursday, “almost makes it look as if it had to be hidden, or as if it was shameful.”He called the issue “symptomatic of the confrontation between two ways of thinking: The conservative, traditionalist way and the modern, progressive way.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams walks on a practice court with her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Serena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity. Mouratoglou, who admitted he used banned hand signals to try to help Williams during her loss in the U.S. Open final, wrote Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in a posting on Twitter that legalizing coaching and making it part of the spectacle would let “viewers enjoy it as a show.”(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)Serena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity.Patrick Mouratoglou, who admitted he used banned hand signals to try to help Williams during her loss in the U.S. Open final, wrote Thursday in a posting on Twitter that making coaching part of the spectacle would let “viewers enjoy it as a show” and “ensure that it remains pivotal in the sport.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Mouratoglou also pointed to what he called a “hypocrisy” — players currently are getting coached at tournaments that ban coaching.And he pointed out that all sorts of individual sports — boxing, golf, cycling — permit athletes to consult someone during competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I have never understood why tennis is just about the only sport in which coaching during matches is not allowed,” Mouratoglou wrote.Quite a bit of debate about the topic of on-court coaching was sparked when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation after Mouratoglou gestured in her direction early in the second set of Naomi Osaka’s 6-2, 6-4 victory over the American for the title at Flushing Meadows last month. Besides, Mouratoglou said, “It is a very basic truth that the vast majority of tennis coaches are actually coaching on court, despite the rules. Look at how many times players look towards their boxes during a match. Some do it after every single point.”That is true.Those who argue against in-match coaching — and believe rules against it should be enforced more rigidly — say that lessens the individual, go-it-alone nature of tennis.Mouratoglou thinks part of the appeal of allowing coaching is that it would help get viewers “emotionally involved.”“You want spectators and TV viewers to have opinions about the players — and the coaches — and to know who they like and don’t like. Watching the interactions between players and coaches is a very good way of achieving this,” he wrote.Mouratoglou added: “Moreover, emotions run high when coaches talk to their players during matches. Sometimes the players don’t like to hear what their coaches are saying, but this all adds to the drama, which creates engagement on social media.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacman: Broner first, Mayweather later Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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