For the first time in Tobago, the island, along with nine (9) other countries, will participate in the Davis Cup Americas Zone, Group III Tobago leg, from June 18th to 23rd, at the Shaw Park Tennis Courts. The Courts are at this time being repaired to ensure international standards are maintained, according to officials of the event.
Blink/ Bmobile, is one of the privileged sponsors on board and the company has agreed to be the official sponsor of the Trinidad and Tobago team. At the hand-over of a cheque for 75,000 to Dunstan Denoon, on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago team, Mrs. Onica Blackman, Manager, Marketing , Enterprise and Communications indicated how proud Blink/Bmobile is to be a part of this prestigious event.
‘We at Blink/Bmobile applaud the efforts of all involved in bringing the Davis cup Tournament to Tobago. We would also like to offer special words of encouragement and support to the Trinidad and Tobago contingent participating in the event. We know that your hard work and dedication will do us all proud in the end. We at Blink/Bmobile remain committed to the development of all sport and by extension positive holistic activity on the island and look forward to a successful partnership.’
The tennis tournament will also have international umpires and line officials present at the staging of the event, which promises to be a fantastic treat for sport enthusiasts. Trinidad and Tobago will be presented by top ranking players Yohansey Williams and VaughnWilson from Tobago, along with Liam Gomez, Luke BeCaires and alternate Seve Day from Trinidad. The event is promising to be an exciting one, where local, regional and international players converge on the Shaw Park Courts, which has held several international competitions, showing that small islands like Tobago, can provide professional and internationally recognized facilities, where world class players show their wares.
Coordinator of the 2012 Davis Cup Americas Zone, Group III, Dunstan De Noon has expressed confidence of a great showing by Trinidad and Tobago.
“Playing Barbados prepared us to play the likes of countries that are the best in our group. Also being the coach for the national under- 18 team, it must be said, that this gives us the level of competition we would want to be exposed to, in, and going forward, as we prepare to play in the next two weeks,” De Noon said.
Some of the other countries participating in the international event include Aruba, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Barbados, Guatemala, and Panama. Barbados will field two players that represented the island in the Group II Tournament last year, while Trinidad and Tobago advanced successfully to Group III from Group IV.