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Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending champion Dominic Pagon has vowed to pull out the stops in his bid to retain this year's Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Open Amateur Tennis men's singles title.
The event, which will be held at the Liguanea Club from December 3-9, is expected to attract many of the country's top local players.
"I am pretty confident," said Pagon during Wednesday's press launch, which was held at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. "Last week, I had a good win with my partner in the doubles against some ranked players and so it helps with the confidence."
The diminutive player added: "Every match that you win helps to bring you through to the next match, and so I am confident that I can win this tournament."
Pagon is expected to receive strong competition from Damion Johnson and Daniel Harris.
The winner of this year's men's event is expected to walk away with $100,000, but the amount for the women's section will be dependent on the number of entries received for the main draw.
During the tournament, the Liguanea Club will also host the JN Village, which will be a companion piece to the event during the semi-finals on Saturday, December 8.
The JN Village will consist of booths and displays from JN discount merchants and JN Group subsidiary companies, as they highlight their products and services for the large number of spectators expected at the championships.
John Bailey, president of the Tennis Jamaica, said he is looking forward to a very exciting championship.
"Please encourage your friends and family to come out and watch some exciting tennis during this championship," said Bailey.
He added: "This is more of a local tournament and some of Jamaica's top-ranked players will be there and they are going to be earning points from it, which will go towards their national rankings, and so this will also make it very exciting."
'Every match that you win helps to bring you through to the next match, and so I am confident that I can win this tournament.'