Kids set to smash to next level

It’s a great time for children to
be taking up tennis. Following the recent commitment by Cayman National and the
Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, the inaugural Tennis Tens Event at the
Ritz-Carlton Tennis Centre recently got a great response.

An outstanding show of support came
from the parents of the players who turned up in droves to enjoy it. Players
aged 7 to 10, who could  serve and rally
were introduced to the new format of special balls, and a reduced-size court,
enabling them to serve, rally and score in line with the new procedures
recently published by the International Tennis Federation. 

“This is the future for junior
tennis,” said David Berry, president of the TFCI, “From 2012 all ten and under
events must be played this way.  We anticipate
greater participation in tournaments, greater enjoyment and players who see
themselves making progress more rapidly than under the old rules. This event,
run by Thomas Neuert of the Ritz Tennis Centre, certainly showed what the
future might be.” 

The organisers hope to produce at
least one more world class junior like Panav Jha, 18, who hopes to break into
the top pro ranks within the next couple of years.

Junior players showed themselves to
be adept at adjusting to the reduced court lengths and enjoying the increased
control they have over the new ball. Neuert is enthusiastic about Cayman
National’s support. He said: “This has been a great first event and we are not
stopping.”

The next Cayman National Tennis 10s
Event will be on 23 October, at the Ritz-Carlton Tennis Centre, from 3-6pm.