The tennis club in South Sound hosted the annual PriceWaterhouseCoopers tournament last week and once again there were plenty of great action to keep the enthusiastic crowd absorbed.
In the Men’s Open, two unseeded players, Tyson Ramsey and Rob Weins met in the final of the 2011 PWC Cayman Open. Tyson knocked out third seeded Richard Harrison and Weins despatched with second seed Nikhil Jha.
In an intense match, Ramsey defeated Weins 6-2, 6-3 in a tougher battle than the score line might suggest.
Experienced club members Robert Hale and Brian Wight defeated the much younger Ritz Carlton’s pros, Jon Crossan and Ilian Nachev in an entertaining three set match to claim the Men’s Open Doubles title in 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
In the Men’s 40s Singles final David Berry continued his long standing winning streak over Junior Hydes, by beating him 6-1, 6-3 in another match which was closer than the score suggests.
Sian Harrison claimed the Women’s Singles title after a patient victory over steady baseliner Anna-Lisa Hawkes 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Sian got a taste of her own medicine in the Mixed Doubles final though where she and brother Richard lost out to Fleur Vagniez and Eduardo Torres in a tough 2 set match..
Marian Goodall’s solid net play helped her and her partner Patricia Calder defeat Manisha Jha and Maria Alberga 6-2, 6-1 to claim the Women’s Doubles crown.
In the consolation finals, Alex Leonard defeated Marc Reid 6-0, 6-1 and Liz Austin defeated Jenny Hurst 6-0, 6-2 in the Men’s and Women’s draws respectively.
The success of the open, which is organised by The Cayman Islands Tennis Club, is largely due to the support of local sponsors – PWC and Scotia Bank. This is the fifth year that PWC has been involved in this event and the second year for Scotia Bank. “Without these two companies the tournament would not be as successful as it is!” said head pro and club manager Rob Seward.
The PWC Men’s PWC Invitational Championships run at the CI Tennis Club from 1-5 February. Tony Mule, last year’s champion, has confirmed his entry in the tournament. There will also be Davis Cup players from Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Brazil coming down to make this possibly the most competitive semi-pro tennis tournament Cayman has ever had.
Also, Scotia Bank will be sponsoring a Junior Clinic on Saturday, 29 January at the tennis club in South Sound that who will be taught by the visiting pros coming for the PWC Men’s Invitational.
From 8am-9am the clinic will be for juniors 6-9 years old and will be for juniors that are 4-5 years of age from 9am-9:30am. There is no cost for the junior clinic. The adult clinic will be from 9:30am-11am and will only cost $25 per person. Seward said: “This will be a fantastic way to sharpen your own skills with some of these talented players.”