The 47th Annual Chamorro open kicked off this past weekend at the Rick Ninete Tennis Center in Agana and the Ypao Gardens Condominium tennis courts where players faced off against each other in the various skilled singles divisions.
According to Tournament Director Michelle Pang, the event had a great turnout with over 70 entries throughout the different skill levels.
“We had a lot of great and close matches this weekend that showcased the level of competition we have in each division,” Pang said. “This goes to show that the love for tennis is here and will continue to grow as the Guam National Tennis Federation provides different outlets for our community to experience and enjoy.”
A few of those great matches were provided by the men’s 5.0 singles tournament winner and top seed Junhyeok Son, who cruised his way to the finals after defeating Marshall Zhang 6-0, 6-1 in the Round of 16 and Camden Camacho 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals. He then faced off against Mason Caldwell in the finals where Son emerged victorious with a final score of 6-3, 6-0.
The top seeded players continued to dominate the tournament as Sam Lai claimed the 4.5 men’s singles title after defeating David Underwood 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. William Mendozo took 3 full sets to win the men’s 4.0 singles title against Julien Guedon 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 while Jeongsu Choi defeated Jonny Jackson for the men’s 3.5 singles title 6-4, 6-3, and Gannon Sweeney rallied against the number the No. 1 seeded Logan Schembari to claim a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the men’s 3.0 singles division. The Men’s 2.0 singles consisted of a single round robin where William Su attained victory.
In the women’s singles division, Noriko Moody came out on top of the round robin tournament for the 4.0 women’s singles title while Sydney Packbier caused an upset against the top seed Alicia Addison to win the 3.5 women’s singles division 7-5, 6-2. For the women’s 3.0 singles finals, No.1 seed Selah Chong won against the No. 2 seed Paige Mantanona 6-1, 7-5 to take the title and Leila Mercado challenged Jaylee Usita-Lee to win the women’s singles 2.0 title 6-1, 6-3.
The tournament will continue over the next few weekends following with skilled doubles on Mar. 29. Then continuing with aged singles and junior singles on April 5 and finishing with skilled mixed doubles on April 12. Entry forms are available at Dimension Systems Inc., Goody’s Sporting Goods, the Rick Ninete Tennis Center and online at https://gntf.org/.