Glass court is here to stay thanks to generous Jarkas

Thanks to the generosity of a
Cayman-based businessman, there will be a squash glass court permanently based
here from now on.

The second annual Cayman Open
wrapped up in Camana Bay on Saturday night and although the weather was
sometimes soggy, there were many sunny faces because squash again triumphed in
a big way.

Women’s world No.2 Jenny Duncalf
said to rapturous applause: “Even though it’s been wet, Cayman is still nicer
than 95 per cent of the places we play on the world tour.” Eight of the world’s
top ten women players competed here last week, including Nicol David, the world
No.1.

The fact that high finance investment
company Cedrus Investments has purchased a glass court will boost the already
flourishing junior programme and give an extra incentive for international
tournaments and world class players to find a fitting reason to visit these
beautiful shores.

It will cost between US$100-200,000
to buy and bring over. Premier McKeeva Bush applauded Cedrus Investments in both
his speeches at the opening ceremony and prize giving on Saturday for taking
the initiative and making the investment.

Rani Jarkas is a former world class
squash player. Now chairman and managing director of Cedrus Investments, he was
only too willing to buy a glass court as his contribution to squash promotion
here.

Cedrus Investments moved its
headquarters from the US to Cayman a year ago.

“I was No.1 squash player in the
United States four years in row,” said Jarkas who emigrated to the US in 1986
from Lebanon.

“Being involved in squash gave me a
lot and this acquisition of a glass court is a chance to give back.

“It’s great for the Cayman Islands.
I think it will bring multiple tournaments and attract a lot of top players. The
glass court was in one of the best venues I’ve seen or played in.

 “I’m appreciative of McKeeva Bush’s support.
He is doing a great job by bringing in a lot of athletic events.”

Mr. Bush announced that the glass
court will probably be based on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton.

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The glass court will help boost the junior programme.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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