Five of the six young Saint Lucians who left to take part in International Tennis Federation junior competition 10 days ago are returning with at least one trophy.
The sextet – all of whom are members of the Vernon Lewis International Tennis Academy – competed in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, with half of that group going on to a tournament in Guadeloupe from this weekend.
On the first two legs of their tour, Meggan William was the girls champion, whilst Junior Sportsman of the Year, Adriel Bousquet made the boys final and won the boys doubles.
Meanwhile, in The Land of the Hummingbird, everyone stepped up to the plate, advancing to the main draw of the second leg.
Adriel Bousquet again found himself in the finals and served off in grand style by sending Trinidad and Tobago’s Adam Ramkissoon searching with a 7-5, 6-3 win.
Adriel also teamed up with fellow countryman Nathan Francis to take on his little brother and cousin, Aidan Bousquet and Nicholas St. John, in an all-Saint Lucian doubles finals, winning 6-3, 6-2.
According to their father, Anthony, who is also serving as traveling coach with the team, “The boys put on a magnificent game on court and everyone was pleased with the talent on display.”
Meggan did not make it past the quarterfinals this time around, but she teamed up with Trinidad and Tobago’s Jade Tom Yew to beat Guyana’s Shivani Persaud and Suriname’s Ana Jaramillo 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 to secure the girls doubles title. Last year Meggan teamed up with another Trinidadian Emma Davis to bring home that same title.
Coach Vernon Lewis said he is elated with his students’ performances overall: “This is a major boost for Saint Lucia’s tennis, something that hasn’t been done before. The kids are talented and they have got style, too!”
Adriel, Aidan and Nicholas are in Guadeloupe for more ITF action.