Carlton Bedminster and Kevin Gardiner won the doubles title in St. Lucia yesterday as they ousted the St. Lucian duo of Ajani Thomas and Keiran President in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 at the Eastern Caribbean Tennis Championships.
Bedminster and Gardiner took a quarterfinal win over Ricardo François & Randolph Rosemond 6-1, 6-0.
The duo continued their dominating march to the title with their win over Denney Derrick / Shawn Romney (Anguilla) downing the pair, 6-1, 6-1.
In singles competition them men’s Championship once again eluded Bedminster as Vernon Lewis took the men’s championship with a score of 7-6, 6-0.
Bedminster suffered the same fate last year as Lewis beat the Antiguan in straight sets.
On route to the finals, Bedminster defeated Ajani Thomas in the quarterfinals to secure a semifinal berth with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. In the semifinals, Bedminster ousted Keric Duval, showing excellent form, as he dropped only one game 6-0, 6-1.
The assistant public relations officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA), Diane Hillhouse, extended thanks to, “the National Olympic Committee for their support in getting these players to this annual event.”
Hillhouse went on to “congratulate Kevin and Carlton for their hard work and bringing the doubles Championship trophy to Antigua.”