With more prize money up for grabs and the best local tennis stars looking to close out the year in fine style, this year’s sixth annual JN Open Tennis Championship is expected to be an exciting and action-packed affair.The championship will start on Saturday and end next Thursday at the Liguanea Cub in New Kingston.Jamaica National has raised the bar with increased prize money for the men’s event from $150,000 to $200,000, while women’s prize money has moved from $50,000 to $60,000.Tournament director Llockett McGregor has described this year’s event as “bigger and better”.The tournament which will start with a kiddie’s camp with 50 juniors on Saturday morning, will feature men’s open singles, ladies open singles, men’s amateur class two and class three as well as doubles event.”Once again, we want to say thanks to Toyota Jamaica, thanks to Singer but most of all we want to say thanks to JN for their continued support and we want to invite the general public to come out and support this wonderful event,” said McGregor at the event’s press launch at the Liguanea Club yesterday.Entries close today for the event which has total prize money of more than $600,000.Gavin Beckford, marketing executive at Jamaica National said his company views the JN Open Tennis Championship as an opportunity “to showcase the talents of Jamaica’s tennis players”.
1 New Man United manager Louis van Gaal impressed a few of his new fans when speaking to the media for the first time.The Dutchman was at Old Trafford to conduct his first press conference since his appointment to the role in May.“For me, the challenge is always to come first. Not fourth,” he said, and while his message was well received by many fans on Twitter, some wanted to wait until at least the end of the transfer window before giving him their full backing… Louis van Gaal meets the media
UCU defeated Power in the first meeting between the two sides this season. (PHOTOS/FILE)FUBA National Basketball League 2019Friday, 07-06-2019MTN Arena, Lugogo-UCU Canons vs Betway Power @8:30pm-JKL Dolphins vs UCU Lady Canons (Women) @6:30pmLUGOGO – Betway Power will be gunning for a 6th successive victory when they take on UCU Canons in one of the two FUBA NBL games to be played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.Arnold Lando’s side who had a slow start to the season, losing three of their first four game but have now upped their game lately, winning all of their last five fixtures.Ironically, before going on the current run, it was UCU that they last lost to, going down 68-71 at the same venue back on May 10th.In the current run, Power has defeated Sharing 98-84, KCCA 82-66, Falcons 111-50, KU 96-66 and Ndejje 73-51.Power is one of the sides tipped to challenge Oilers dominance in the league and they are gunning to go one better than last year’s finals loss.“We lost by a small game but this season our goal is championship, said Power’s assistant coach Boniface Okello ahead of the game.““The first round was not bad. We are trying to fix a few things here and there so we expect lows and high.About Friday’s opposition, Okello expects a tough game which could go either way.“It’s going to be tough but whoever executes well in offense, plays very good defense, will have an edge.“We have to rebound well and discipline will be key. It’s going to be interesting.For UCU, they were the stand-out performers of the first round, ending it on top of the league.Nicholas Natuhereza’s side were virtually unplayable in the first round, winning 10 of their 11 fixtures.Their only loss came at the hands of KIU Titans on May 18th, when they went down 58-64.Coming up against Power will be a further test to their title mental and if they can take care of Lando’s side, they will have done their confidence a whole lot of good.In the other day’s game, defending champions JKL Dolphins will square off with UCU Lady Canons.This is a tasty affair as it pits the two most outstanding teams in the Women’s division in the first round.JKL ended the round on top with a perfect 9-0 record while UCU lost only one game, ending with an 8-1 record.UCU Lady Canons lost only one game in the first round.When the two sides met in the first round, JKL ran out 76-67 winners on April 20th.Having lost last year’s final to JKL, UCU will be hoping to end a 5 game losing streak to the Dolphins.It should be noted that JKL swept UCU 4-0 in last year’s final, to end the Mukono based sides’ three peat.The upcoming FUBA NBL fixtures-Angles Basketball Club vs A1 Challenge-MUK Sparks vs Nkumba Lady Marines-YMCA Lady Hamstars vs UMU Ravens-KU Eagles vs Falcons-KCCA Men vs Our SaviourComments Tags: Arnord LandoBetway PowerBoniface OkelloFUBA NBLJKL DolphinsUCU CanonsUCU Lady Canons