Youngsters shine thanks to DI

The second grand prix in the Diamonds International Cayman Islands Junior Tennis Circuit was held at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound this past weekend 13-14 February.

Sign-ins for the tournament started promptly at 3:30pm on Friday and matches began at 4pm. The Friday matches were played on all six hard courts at the club.

It was a great beginning to the second tournament in the series.

The circuit was played in round robin format and each match played was best of nine games. This second circuit was arranged by Rob Seward and Adam Bayley, both tennis coaches at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound.

The second day started with matches beginning at 8am. There was a brief break midday to rest and eat lunch before the semi-finals and finals began in the afternoon. It was a long busy day for both the youth and parents alike.

‘The children participating did an amazing job and really worked hard in each of their matches’ states Cassandra Pedersen, National Tennis Executive for the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands. ‘They all had the will and stamina to keep on playing tennis. The circuit is a great way to prepare for future ITF and overseas tournaments if they choose to participate in them.’

The matches ended around 4pm in the afternoon with an awards ceremony presented by both Rob Seward and Cassandra Pedersen.

Gold trophies were handed out to all first place winners in their age group and silver trophies to all second place winner. There were also Sportsmanship Awards presented to those youth that showed outstanding courtesy, honestly and humbleness in the game of tennis.

These youth never got upset when losing a match and were always smiling. Rob Seward and Adam Bayley felt it was important to recognize these junior players in addition to the first and second place winners.

The following juniors were presented with the Sportsmanship Award:

James Green

Nathan McLaughlin

Patricia Villorroel

Josh Bolland

Cameran Galloway

The following juniors won first and second place titles in the following categories:

Boy’s Under 10:

Josh Bolland defeated Daniel Reid 8-2

Boy’s under 13:

James Feitelberg defeated Marc Reid 8-7

Boy’s under 16:

Alex Leonard defeated Morgan Hayward 8-1

Girl’s under 16

Charlotte Hayward defeated Patricia Villarroel 8-7

‘It was a very successful weekend and we hope to see everyone out at the next Diamonds International Junior Circuit in April.’ States Jeremy Superfine, Tennis Federation President.

The next circuit will be held at Camana Bay and hosted by Cayman Sport International and Torres Top Tennis.

All information about the tournament will be posted on the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands blogs at www.tennisfederationcayman.blogspot.com and ?www.caymanjuniortenniscircuit.blogspot.com.

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