Aces head for Ritz

Jim Courier and a raft of former
world class tennis players will be returning to the Cayman Islands soon.

Tennis fans used to seeing former
great players here around April can breathe a sigh of relief because the
Legends Championships return to the Ritz-Carlton from 5-7 November.

Courier will be back along with
Swedish heartthrob Stefan Edberg and other great players of the 1980s and ‘90s:
Marat Safin, Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein and Jimmy Arias. They will be
competing in the Dragon Bay Ultimate VIP tennis weekend and it promises to be a
great combination of fun and reasonably serious competition, as always. 

This is the third annual Legends
Championships held here and the only professional tennis event in the
Caribbean, so it has that extra cache in the region. Past competitors here have
included John McEnroe, Mark Philippoussis and Mats Wilander.

It will be at the The Courts at the
Ritz-Carlton, and the tournament is part of the International Champions Series
which showcases the world’s greatest players of the past. All players have to
be over 35 and previously highly world ranked.

Courier, 40, won four Grand Slam
titles in his prime. Now a regular on the masters circuit, he is giving back by
starting a tennis programme, Courier’s Kids, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Edberg, 44, is also a former world No.1 who still thrills women fans wherever
he goes.

Courier will want to maintain his
unbeaten record in Grand Cayman, but the others will obviously be intent on
breaking that sequence, so it should be an absolutely riveting tournament. The
quarter-finals are on Friday, 5 November, the semis the next day, and the
finals on the Sunday.

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Four-time Grand Slam title-holder Jim Courier will return this year.
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