Choice-Wireless VI Tennis Tournament
2014 Choice Wireless VI Open Tennis Tournament
February 14-17, 2014
Welcome to another year of Choice Wireless VI Open Tennis at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, our 8th year.
We have made a few changes to this year's tournament. Please see below. The tournament dates are February 14-17, 2014. Players should be prepared to start play at 7 am on Friday morning. Please be available to play through the end of February 17th in case of rain delays.
The deadline for the sign up is January 24 at 5pm.This years events will be:
- Mens open single ($2,000 W, $1,000 RU, $350 semi) – Consolation Round
- Mens open doubles ($2,000 W, $1,000 RU, $400 semi - split)
- Mens B singles 4.5 and under ($600 W, $300 RU, $60 semi)
- Mens B singles 3.5 and under ($75 W, $35 RU)
- Mens B doubles 8.0 combined ($600 W, $300 RU - split, $60 semi)
- Mixed B doubles 8.0 combined ($600 W, $300 RU - split, $60 semi)
- Womens B singles 4.5 and under ($600 W, $300 RU, $60 semi)
- Womens B singles 3.5 and under ($75 W, $35 RU)
- Womens B doubles 8.0 combined ($600 W, $300 RU - split, $60 semi)
- Mens doubles 60+ yrs ($600 W, $300 RU - split, $60 semi) – Consolation Round
*Semi payout only if more than 12 players/teams sign up for each event
*Each draw will close at 16 players. Players limited to two events (only one singles event) OPEN: NTrP rating of 5.0 and above, “B”: Doubles combined may have a maximum combined rating of 8.0 with the better player no higher than 4.5. if you do not have a ranking please contact the Tournament Committee prior to signing up with a partner in order to avoid potential disqualification. If less than 10 Entries in any event, Winners & Runner-Up will receive 50% of prize money. If less than 8 entries in singles, tournament committee reserves right to combine events which case there will be no monetary prizes in the 3.5 and under. The tournament committee reserves the right to eliminate and/or reduce monetary prizes in any category prior to start of play as well as place players, cancel events and amend schedule.
WINNERS NAMED AT 5TH ANNUAL CHRYSLER CUP TENNIS TOURNAMENT
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. There might not have been grass courts and fresh strawberries and cream, but the breathe and depth of competitors at the 5th Annual Chrysler Cup tennis tournament, hosted at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, February 18 to 21, easily earned this event the nickname, ‘ Wimbledon of the Virgin Islands’. A record 114 players from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe competed and there was a strong B division as well as the first-time participation of eight ATP ranked players.
The favorite in Men’s Open Singles, Nick Monroe, 28, from Austin, Texas, won this division (6-3, 6-2) beating Chris Kwon, 24, from Sarasota, Florida.
“It was a tough match,” says Monroe, who is currently ATP ranked at 335 in Singles. “I tried to stay in point longer than he (Kwon) did, but it was windy and that was a factor. In the end, it was survival of the fittest.”
Monroe won again in Men’s Open Doubles, this time with partner, Oystein Steiro, 19, a member of the Norwegian Davis Cup Team. The dynamic duo beat the team of Kwon and Chris Welte from the USA (6-3, 6-7(5), 1-0(8)).
The competition was also keen in the B division.
St. Thomas’ Denzil Caines proved his prowess in Men’s B Singles by winning this division three years in a row, beating Mabubiyah Richards (6-4, 6-4), this year for the honors.
“Experience,” is what Caines credits to his success.
In Women’s B Singles, Darlene Queen from Maryland triumphed over Lesley Broadbelt who hails from St. Kitts (6-1, 6-4).
“We both played with strategy rather than just hitting the ball,” says Queen, who enjoyed her vacation to the Virgin Islands and away from the snow. “I tried to hit short or keep it real deep. I knew she (Broadbelt) would be tough and I had to keep my concentration.”
The Philadelphia-based team of Michelle Avery and Constance Foreman won the Women’s B Doubles (6-0, 6-2), over Sharlene Peters and Queen.
In Mixed B Doubles, Avery and St. Thomas’, George Newton, beat Fenella Cooper and St. Croix’s Stan Myrie-G (6-3, 6-4), while in Men’s B Doubles, it was St. Thomas’ Darryl Donovan, Sr. and Rudolph Chapman who won over Newton and Myrie-G (6-3, 2-6, 1-0(8)).
Finally, in Men’s Doubles 60-plus, Mario Foy and George Sledge, both of St. Thomas, beat the Maryland-based team of Erik Jensen and Earl Kelly (6-4,3-6, 1-0(5)).
Jensen, a native of St. Thomas who learned to play tennis as a teenager while caddying for pro, Vic Ebbesen, brought down a contingent of nearly a dozen of his friends from Maryland.
Over $12,000 in prize money was awarded in addition to engraved pewter plates.
The 5th Annual Chrysler Cup Tennis Tournament is the only tennis tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands sanctioned by the USTA’s Caribbean District.
The event is sponsored by sponsored by the Chrysler Group, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and St. Thomas Yacht Club.
Sullivan Top Womens Open Singles, Boe-Wiegaard Top Mens Open Singles Winners at 4th Annual Chrysler Cup Tennis Tournament - Winners Named in Eight Other Divisions
ST. THOMAS, USVI (February 15, 2010) - Rain don't stop the Carnival and snowstorms didn't stop players from several U.S. mainland states from coming to St. Thomas, February 12 to 15, to compete in the 4th Chrysler Cup Tennis Tournament. This premier tennis event in the U.S. Virgin Islands welcomed over 90 players, including those from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands and St. Kitts-Nevis. The St. Thomas Yacht Club was the host site for finals play.
In the Womens Open Singles, Alina Sullivan, from Massachusetts, handily won in round robin play over Erica Adams from Georgia (6-1, 6-0) "The final score didn't really show it, but a lot of games went to deuce," says Sullivan, who graded from Boston College last year and is now playing on the Pro Tour. "She played the ball low. I'm use to players with a lot of topspin, so it was definitely a challenge and a different mindset. I really had to focus."
Sullivan comes from a family of tennis players. Her maternal grandmother played at Wimbledon as a teenager, her mother, Jeannine Balbiers, was formerly the No. 1 singles player at Arizona State, and her father, Paul Sullivan, won national indoor mixed doubles titles playing with Billie Jean King in the 1960s.
William Boe-Wiegaard, from Connecticut, successfully defended his Mens Open Singles title against Michael-Ray Pallares, from Florida (7-5, 6-4). "It felt good to defend the title, especially since I really had to work for it. Last year, I won by default."
Boe-Wiegaard has played in every Chrysler Cup since the event inception four year's ago and plans to return next year.
"It's a beautiful location to play tennis," Boe-Wiegaard says. "Not too hot, not too humid and not too windy."
In other play, Jack McArdle and Michael Sullivan beat George Lewis and Kirk Thomas in round robin play in the Mens Open Doubles, while in Mixed Open Doubles, Alina Sullivan and Michael-Ray Pallares beat St. Thomas tennis pro, George Lewis, and Erica Adams (6-0, 6-4).
In Womens B Singles, Leah Jamison beat Lesley Broadbelt (6-2, 6-3), while Constance Foreman and Michelle Avery won (6-2, 7-5) over Tamara Williams and Leah Jamison in Womens B Doubles.
In Mens B Singles, Denzil Caines defeated Mabubiyah Richards (6-2, 6-2). In the Mens B Doubles, Denzil Caines and Darryl Donovan won over George Sledge and Horace Richardson (6-4, 6-4).
Finally, in Womens 55 Doubles, Joyce Whitaker and Carolyn Tyson defeated Sharon Petersen and Betty Kroupa (6-0, 6-0), while in Mens 60-Plus Doubles, Earl Kelly and Ralph Harris beat Joseph Hosie and Paul Sullivan (6-0, 6-3).
Over $12,500 in prize money was awarded.
Handmade porcelain tile trophies made by St. Thomas artist, Kimberly Young, were also awarded to the winners.
This year's tournament is dedicated to First Lady Cecile deJongh, who has ignited enthusiasm for the sport through her Tennis in the Parks and Schools Initiative (TIPS).
Speaking at the event, deJongh said, "One day we hope to have one of the players who learned in the Tennis in the Parks and Schools program play in this tournament."
Players donated a dozen used rackets to the TIPS program over the weekend event.
The 4th Annual Chrysler Cup Tennis Tournament is the only tennis tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands sanctioned by the USTA's Caribbean District.The event is sponsored by sponsored by the Chrysler Group and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.
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