Smashing time to be a junior

Junior tennis players have an exciting series of events to look forward to from next week.

Edward Bodden

Edward Bodden will be competing in the tournament.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

The PWC Junior Tennis Circuit 2009/10 starts on 25 September at The RitzCarlton court.

‘This season is going to be bigger and better,’ said Jeremy Superfine, President of the Cayman Islands Tennis Federation.

‘There will be six events this year, hosted by The Ritz Tennis Centre, the Cayman Islands Tennis Club and Camana Bay.

‘Juniors aged under 16, under 13 and under 10 will be competing for National Ranking points, the Champions trophy, and a place to compete in the Caribbean Development Championships’.

A new component of the Junior Tennis Circuit is the Walkers ‘Play & Stay’ Mini-Tennis.

Superfine said: ‘At each tournament event there will be an opportunity for the under 8s, the less confident juniors, parents, and anyone looking to have fun to play mini-tennis. Play & Stay is popular in many countries around the world and we are hoping local schools will start introducing mini-tennis into their programs. Mini nets can be set up anywhere and soft balls are easier to use.’

There will be a series of free workshops and fun activities on 26 and 27 September 2009 at the Ritz- Carlton hosted by John Goede, visiting Play & Stay coach from the International Tennis Federation.

Goede said: ‘With Play & Stay everyone can be on court at the same time and enjoy playing. We are going to see how many parents and children we can get to join in with the ‘New Kids on the Block – Beat Box’ afternoon sessions starting at 4pm over the weekend.

‘All abilities, young and old should come out and join in.’

Superfine added: ‘Thank you to our sponsors PWC, Walkers, Paint Pros, our National Olympic Committee and BCQS International who have all donated funds for the 2009/10 season to assist with the development of tennis and encourage Cayman’s youth to enjoy playing.’