The Old Master played a (relatively) young pup in the men’s final of the Eastern Caribbean Tennis Championships, presented by Cap Maison.
On Friday night at the National Tennis Centre in Beausejour, Gros Islet, former Saint Lucia Sportsman of the Year, Vernon Lewis, came up against Antigua-Barbuda’s Carlton Bedminster.
Lewis turns 40 at the end of October, just over a week before Bedminster hits his 33rd birthday. Lewis is Saint Lucia’s best and has not been beaten in over a year. Bedminster came into this tournament reportedly claiming to have beaten everyone in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
But as National Tennis Centre Director Buzz Erlinger pointed out before the tournament started, “I don’t think he’s beaten Vernon (Lewis).”
Lewis got to the final with a come-from-behind victory over Keiran President, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Bedminster dismissed Keric Duval in straightforward fashion, 6-0, 6-1.
Friday night served up quite a match, the combatants going back and forth, toe-to-toe for the opening set, but Lewis eventually prevailing 7-5.
In the second set, it wasn’t that Bedminster ran out of gas, just that Vernon – to borrow the racing vernacular of the popular Furious 7 – turned on the turbo. He ran the Antiguan all over the court before tying the bow on a 6-0 victory that ought to have settled his opponent’s hash.
Action continues at the National Tennis Centre on Day 7 of the Eastern Caribbean Tennis Championships.