Leonard is ace in PwC event

Cayman’s top junior tennis player,
Alex Leonard, was in sparkling form last week, losing just two games on his way
to victory in the latest PwC-sponsored tournament.

He defeated Marc Reid and Luca
Polloni, who were crushed by power player Leonard in the 17-and-under age
group. The Reid family honour was salvaged, however, by Marc’s brother Daniel,
who swept all before him in the 14-and-under contest. And in the 11-and-under,
Nicholas Polloni continued his dominance.

Runner-up to Polloni in the
11-and-under division was Callum Theaker, whose play attracted the praise of
his two coaches, Rob Seward and Dale Avery of the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.

“This was Callum’s second
tournament of the year, and you could see how much he’d improved,” said Seward.
“He puts in a lot of practice with his dad; he has improved the fastest of all
the kids coached at the club.”

Part of his success can be
attributed to his positive outlook, noted Avery: “Callum has tremendous
attitude.”

Cayman Prep student Daniel Reid,
12, “played extremely well” in the 14-and-under, “and didn’t lose a match”,
said Seward, noting that Reid beat Simon Butler, a close rival, 7-2.  

Nicholas Polloni, 10, always up for
a challenge, played in the 14-and-under group as well as the 11-and-under and
emerged a respectable fourth out of seven contestants in a round-robin format.
“He held his own: he won three out of his six matches, which is very good,” Seward
said.

Behaviour at the PwC-sponsored
tournament at the tennis club, “was probably the best I’ve seen”, noted Seward,
who has managed the club for close to ten years. “The kids showed great
sportsmanship. I think that as they get more match experience, they become more
relaxed.”

The PwC junior tennis
circuit is organised by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, in conjunction
with local tennis professionals. There are six tournaments a year.

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