Open is set to be a smash

The 2009 PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Cayman Islands Open Tennis Tournament turned out to be a truly international affair last January at the tennis club in South Sound.

It was also arguably the most competitive and most successful open tennis tournament the club has ever staged.

It was certainly the largest with the men’s open field having 40 entries and the women’s open getting 15 entries in just the singles divisions.

There were also strong fields in the men’s 40-and-over singles and doubles draws, as well as in the new 55-and-over men’s singles division.

The men’s and women’s doubles divisions and the mixed doubles division each also had very competitive and larger than expected fields.

The men’s open singles final saw two newcomers: Juan Rios, a current captain of Puerto Rico’s Davis Cup team and a formerly world-ranked ATP Tour Professional (at No.261), and a former Ritz-Carlton tennis pro Valerij Gejsman.

Rios also represented Puerto Rico at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

In the end, Rios prevailed 6-0, 7-6 (10-8) for the 2009 title in a very exciting and well played final that was witnessed by some 200 plus spectators, despite the cold and windy conditions.

Although Gejsman struggled in the first set, he was able to pick his game up and contested a memorable second set, which included a long tie-breaker.

On his way to the final Gejsman beat the reigning and three-time title holder, Eduardo Torres in the semi-finals 6-2, 6-3, while Rios beat Rob Seward 6-3, 6-3 in the other semi.

The 2010 PriceWaterhouseCoopers Cayman Islands Open Tennis Tournament will take place from 27 January to 6 February and is expected to be even more exciting and competitive than last year’s tournament, with the total sponsorship doubling to $20,000.

The total prize money for this year’s PWC Open will be $15,000 with the rest of the sponsorship going to a family fun tennis day on 30 January for the juniors.

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club has been in contact with some international participants for this year’s tournament and last year’s champion Juan Rios is expected to defend his title.

Tennis pro Rob Seward said: ‘The Cayman Islands Tennis Club expresses its deepest gratitude to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the main sponsor of the tournament.

‘This will be their fourth year sponsoring the event and without them it would have been impossible to stage a successful tournament.

‘We’re also very excited to introduce two new sponsors for this year’s event; British Caymanian Insurance and Scotia Bank. These two new sponsors are the main reason why the PWC Open will be able to offer more prize money in hopes to making an even more internationally competitive tournament.’

  • For more information, contact the Cayman Islands Tennis Club at 949-9464 or [email protected]