Top international tennis is running again this week at the club in South Sound with the 2011 PWC Men’s Invitational Championships which began on Tuesday.
This year’s field is the most competitive tournament that the club has ever seen. The matches are on at 5.30pm and continue throughout the evening. Five top Jamaicans are looking to claim the title and take home the US$3,000 first prize of a total of $12,000.
It will not be easy for there are 12 other players competing. Damion Johnson, Jamaica’s number one Davis Cup player, is leading the Jamaican field of his current Davis Cup team mate Yussuf Migoko along with the crew from Montego Bay of Safin Bouland and brothers Marcus and McCoy Malcolm.
Johnson recently won the All Jamaican Open Championships, where he defeated McCoy Malcolm in the semi-finals and went on to defeat Migoko in the final. Migoko defeated Marcus Malcolm in the semi-finals.
Tournament director Rob Seward said: “The club has the deepest gratitude to PWC, the main sponsor of this tournament. This is their fifth year sponsoring the event and without them it would have been impossible to stage such a successful tournament.
“We’re also appreciative to have Scotia Bank back for a second year of sponsoring the junior clinic that took place on Saturday. This is where some of our local juniors and adults can come down and participate in a clinic with some of the visiting pros.”
There are also players from the United States, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Italy competing. Competition ends on Saturday and top seed Tony Mule from the US, is defending his title.
The quarter-final matches are on this evening (Thursday). Mule will be starting off the matches at 5:30pm against the winner of Safin Bouland of Jamaica or Yanquiel Medina of Cuba.
Michael Ray Pallares is making his first trip to Cayman this year for this tournament. Pallares is one of the favourites. He is a veteran player and has participated on The Dominican Davis Cup team so he is not stranger to the Caribbean. Growing up in the States, Pallares played Division 1 tennis at University of Louisiana and then to finish off his NCAA career at The University of Alabama which finished off as being the number 16 team in the country.
Pallares has been busy travelling to many tennis tournaments in recent years with his father/coach, Bernardo. Last year Michael won the St. Croix Open taking home $2,000 of prize money.
All the latest scores are on www.caymantennisfreeiz.com. Food is provided by the Snack Shack.