Torres made it a clean sweep

The 2011 PWC Men’s Invitational Championships saw some exciting action last week at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.

There were many entertaining and extremely competitive matches throughout. Saturday, early evening, the men’s final match was witnessed by many tennis enthusiasts from all over the Island.

Brazilian ace, Marcio Torres, made it a clean sweep in the 2011 PWC Men’s Invitational Championships claiming the singles and doubles titles. The finals were a fitting finale to a fantastic week of tennis at the tennis club. Torres, the number 2 seed, defeated his old college team mate and last year’s winner Tony Mule in a thrilling two set match, 6-4 and 7-6.

Torres, who came over originally as a hitting partner for unseeded Michael Sinha, was a deserved winner and was the highest ATP ranked player out of this year’s participants, who once was 134 in the world for doubles.

He had to beat out a strong field which included professionally ranked and Davis Cup players from Cuba, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Marcio and partner Sinha ousted crowd favourites Tony Mule and Nigel Mitten 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in a tough three set battle.

Three out of the four in the doubles final all played collegiate tennis at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, so the young Sinha was involved in a high level final.

A testament to the strength of this year’s competition was the fact that only one Jamaican player, out of the six that entered, made it to the quarter-finals. Team Jamaica, which had two Davis Cup players will look to do better next year. Marcus Malcolm kept Jamaican hopes alive till the semis in the doubles, teaming up with his brother Macoy and beating the No.1 Jamaican team, while losing a tough quarter-final match to No.3 seed Michael Ray Pallares.

Cayman’s tennis enthusiasts were out in full force every night to watch some of the best games the island has ever seen. This year’s PWC Men’s Invitational Championships, along with the PWC Open the week before, provided players and spectators, as well as up and coming juniors, with some great opportunities.

The Scotiabank family day, which ties in with the PWC tournament, was also a huge success with over 50 aspiring tennis players from the age of four to 40 attending. The event, which was free to all juniors, was run by Jamaican pros Marcus Malcolm and Kirk Bouland along with resident pros Rob Seward, Adam Bayley and Dale Avery.

Seward said: “The tennis club expresses their deepest gratitude to PWC, the main sponsor. This was their fifth year sponsoring the event and without them it would have been impossible to stage such a successful tournament. We’re also excited to have Scotiabank back for a second year of sponsoring the junior clinic at the end of January. This is where some of our local juniors and adults could come down and participate in a clinic with some of the visiting pros.”

For more information on all the excitement from the past few weeks, go to www.caymantennis.freeiz.com.