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Letter of the Day | Frustrated with Tennis Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Approximately two years ago, there was a challenge for the presidency of Tennis Jamaica by persons who felt that the association needed a major shake-up.

At that time, after the debacle of more votes being cast at the AGM than there were eligible voters present - an AGM organised and controlled by the same administration who were being challenged - the challenge was withdrawn and the John Bailey administration lived to fight another day.

One would have hoped that the passion displayed by those in the great house in repelling the uprising would have carried over into moving the sport forward but, sadly, that has not been the case.

After his 'victory', Mr Bailey has been largely absent from the tennis scene, and the sport has been largely devoid of the sound and proper leadership that it so desperately craves.

In recent times, the sport has been left with a lacklustre governing body that appears more intent on implementing rules to ensure they retain power than actually doing anything meaningful while in power.

Disputes over the sanctioning of tournaments, alleged discrimination with Davis Cup selection, alienating past national champions and multiple board resignations have become commonplace over the past 18 months, not to mention the manner in which the former national coach from Japan was treated prior to his premature departure.

The few on the board who remain seem to fade farther into the background, allowing one or two persons with what appears to be their own vested interests and agenda to 'govern' and dictate from their perches to the masses beneath them. All this while the sport becomes more and more fragmented, with the governing body seen increasingly as a hindrance to growth rather than the promoter of same.

I am a member of the tennis-playing fraternity, albeit no longer a paid-up member of what I consider to be the dysfunctional national association. I am publicly imploring the president, Mr John Bailey, to do the honourable thing and to resign, seeing that he no longer seems motivated to move the sport as he once was, and seeing the chaos beneath him that he clearly cannot manage to control.