Manders reclaims top spot
Gavin Manders can once again rightly call himself ‘Bermuda’s best’ after reclaiming the prized number one ranking.
Manders regained the top spot after his gruelling victory over Jenson Bascome in the Argus Open in July, according the Bermuda Lawn and Tennis Association’s (BLTA) latest rankings.
Bascome had held the number one position for the previous 12 months following his 2010 Argus victory over Julien Pinot.
Manders, who was beaten by Bascome in the final of WER Memorial Tournament in May, said he was thrilled to end the season as the local tennis’ top dog.
And he now hopes to help grow the local game at the grassroots level by inspiring the stars of tomorrow.
“Being number one in Bermuda is something I embrace,” said Manders. “It’s great to be the best in your country, but that’s not what it’s really about.
“It’s about what you do to help Bermuda tennis while you’re there and after you’re done playing.
“I take pride in the fact even though this is my fourth year now ending as number one with two years undefeated locally, the best part about it’s the growth of the generation right behind me, and what I can and have done to help them become better players.
“That’s what I take most from all of this because my main goal is helping Bermuda tennis continue to move forward and having people go even further then I have.
“I will hold them off as long as I can, as my heart and passion for the game will not go away, and that still gives me the edge on them, but they are coming for me and I know it, but I won’t just give it to them, they’re going to have to earn it.”
Bascome finished the season as second in the rankings, while David Jenkins rounds out the top three men’s singles players.
Tyler Smith’s absence from the local circuit didn’t jeopardise her status as the top ranked female player.
At the tender age of 13 years and 10 months, she is the Island’s youngest ever number one.
The Lambert sisters, Jackie and Tara, who also missed the Argus event, hold down second and fourth place respectively; while Ciara Svensen is ranked in third position.
Jackie Lambert and Manders also hold down the top spots for the top female and male doubles players, while Tara Lambert and Bascome have the top ranking for mixed doubles.
Dennis Harris is the number one ranked over-45 men’s singles player, while Earl Leader and Liz Stewart have the top spot in the over-45 doubles rankings.