Ritz stars willhave a smash

The Cayman Classic Pro-Am Tennis returns this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton.

Last year it raised over $70,000 for the crisis centre and it looks like doing the same again this time.

It is organized by Michael Ryan, the Ritz-Carlton developer, a keen tennis player himself.

Top former players who will compete include Jimmy Arias, Johan Kriek, Luke Jensen, Murphy Jensen, Ellis Ferreira, Jay Berger and Mikael Pernfors.

The players started arriving last night and will be practicing today.

There will be a welcome reception at the Cayman Cookout event tonight.

Matches start tomorrow from 9am-4pm. There is a kids area, bouncing castle and face painting.

Saturday evening’s entertainment is the Cayman Cookout Rum Point Dinner and on Sunday there is a kids clinic from 8-10am.

It’s also the semi-finals and finals day from roughly 10am-3pm.

The matches are always played in good humour – even the finals. Well, actually the finals still have a competitive edge.

You can tell as their serving grunts get louder than the previous day and volleys are more intense.