Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) President Andrew Lue says the just-concluded inaugural staging of the JTTA President's Trophy Table Tennis Tournament was a huge success in the development of both the sport and its players.
The one-day tournament, which saw 184 entries, was held at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday.
"The JTTA's objectives in hosting the inaugural President's Trophy Tournament were to provide an opportunity for players to boost their ranking points and to showcase their skills in a highly competitive arena," Lue told the Jamaica Observer. "The tournament was a success, and the support was tremendous. We are already planning for the next event early next year.
Mark Phillips and Tsenaye Lewis capitalised on the absence of national champions Kane Watson and Solesha Young by winning their first open singles titles this year. Lewis also won the U19 Girls' Championship. Ajani Spencer was the other player to win two events, winning the U11 and U13 Boys titles.
Tsenaye Lewis defeated Gianna Lewis 4-0 to take the Women's Open title, while in the Men's Open category; Phillips defeated Rudolph Sinclair 4-1 to take the crown.
Tsenaye had previously defeated Gianna 3-0 in the Under-19 girls' category to claim a double title. Joel Bulter won the boys' equivalent after Gari Whythe retired hurt.
Spencer's double success came in the Under-11 boys' category after defeating Anthony Bird 3-0 in the final and in the Under-13 boys' category after beating Nathan Douglas 3-0.
The Under-11 girls' category was won by Kira Scott, who beat Christina Royes 3-0, and Keeara Whyte defeated Kira Scott 3-0 to win the Under-13 girls' title.
In the Under-15 girls' category, Kayan Denton defeated Karicia Peterkin 3-0 to take the crown, while Joel Lamn won the boys' equivalent after Gari Whythe retired hurt.
Akindele Adeniyi whipped Joel Bulter 4-0 to take the title in the B Open category.