The Cayman Islands Tennis Club is back in full operation after many post-Ivan renovations. The Club has also re-launched its junior and after-school tennis programmes with much success.
‘Great renovations have been made since Ivan. The clubhouse is being improved as we are in the process of adding three classic clay courts. In total, we hope to offer 9 courts, six hard courts and 3 clay courts,’ says Rob Seward, the new club manager at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club (CITC).
‘We are currently hosting a kid’s camp in the summer. We also have an after-school Junior Tennis programme running. In the next 12 months, there will be 4 to 6 tournaments being hosted here.’
The CITC has been able to bounce back tremendously after the damage it suffered through Ivan. Its membership has been able to remain very strong, as it presently has approximately 600 members. Likewise, the Cayman tennis scene has been able to cope in great fashion after Hurricane Ivan.
‘Cayman tennis is going really well right now. There are kids in the programmes that have a promising future. There are about 25 kids, about 9 to 11 years old that have a future in tennis,’ Mr. Seward said.
‘The tennis club has held exhibition matches for many famous people. Aaron Kristich, Jimmy Arias and Jim Courier to name a few. We have had pretty good success considering the island’s size. The Island Games in Gibraltar were just played and the Cayman team did well and won medals.’
The CITC is a private club catering to anyone interested in the game of tennis. Their youth programme, featuring kids between the ages of 5 to 14 years old, is one of their strongest with about 96 kids being actively involved.
According to Seward, the main plan in place for the CITC and the Cayman tennis scene is to continue to develop the level of youth involvement.
‘We want to keep working on the Junior Tennis programme. We are hoping to get more kids to travel and compete overseas.
Over the last nine months, Eduardo Torres [the new Head Pro at the CITC] and I have been able to develop the Junior Tennis programme significantly.
‘Tennis is a tough sport to pick-up but we feel that we are making a step in the right direction.’
For more information, contact Mr. Seward at the CITC at 949-9464.