Tennis opens up

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Cayman Islands Open Tennis Championship is back this year with a vengeance.

Although the Cayman Islands Open Tournament has had a long history, dating back to 1974, this will be only the fourth year in which the tournament has offered prize money.

This year’s Open will offer a total of US $10,000 for the winners and runners-up of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles divisions. This purse is well above average for other tournaments offered in the Caribbean region.

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club would like to thank and acknowledge the sponsor of this tournament, PricewaterhouseCoopers. The sponsor is responsible for all of the prize money that is being offered in hopes to attract a high level of competition for this year’s tournament.

The tournament started on 30 January and ends tomorrow 6 February. There is a high level of competition in the men’s and women’s open division, with many local players coming out including Eduardo Torres.

This years’ PWC Open has a distinct international flare to the proceedings. Players from Puerto Rico and even as far as Italy are currently on-island.

Juan Oscar Rios from Puerto Rico was ranked as high as 261 in the world at one point and is participating with Vilma Matienzo currently ranked #4 in Puerto Rico.

It is the goal of the Cayman Islands Tennis Club to improve year after year with this tournament so that it can become a very competitive tournament in the Caribbean region with players coming from all over to participate.

Both the men’s and women’s open division were played during the evenings to enable everyone to come out and watch some exciting tennis at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.

Tuesday night saw action in the men’s singles and doubles and last night saw the men’s quarter-finals and women’s semis.

Tonight will see the men’s semi-finals with the men’s and women’s finals taking place tomorrow.

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club would also like to announce the new addition of Rachel Rivers. Rachel will be available to teach tennis lessons in the evening and weekends to tennis enthusiast all over the Island.

Rachel Rivers was a nationally ranked UK junior tennis player. Her family then moved to the States where she qualified and played in all the under 16’s and 18’s US junior national tournaments.

After securing a US junior national ranking she received a full tennis scholarship to NCAA Division I school Old Dominion University in Virginia.

After graduating Rachel stayed on to teach tennis at the University, while attending graduate school.

Since then she spent a few years teaching at various resorts and clubs throughout the States. Rachel is United States Pro Tennis Registry certified.

Please contact 949-9464 or email [email protected] to book a tennis lesson today.

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