Ashour’s presence will thrill

No sooner does Cayman get a major sporting tournament out of the way when another comes swiftly along to keep everyone’s interest keen.

The super NORCECA beach volleyball event now makes way for the Cedrus Cayman Open next week.

It is the third staging of the annual event and the second time there will be a glass court in Camana Bay. Other matches will be at the South Sound Squash Club.

Many of the world’s best women players are competing plus some of the finest men, including Ramy Ashour, the world No.1 and former world champion who will take on the Caribbean’s elite from 3-9 April.

Reigning champ Nicol David will defend her title for a second time having won it in the inaugural Cayman Open two years ago.

Construction at Camana Bay has begun. The tent has been built and flooring and platform over the fountain has been laid. Stadium seating construction begins on Wednesday before glass court construction begins on Thursday.

It will all be finished by Tuesday for play on Wednesday.

Matches begin at South Sound Squash Club on Sunday at 12:30pm. All lunchtime matches at the squash club are free to watch. Welly’s will be doing a jerk BBQ for lunch.

The courts at the club have been repainted courtesy of the Cedrus Cayman Open. There are a range of other services that the club gains from the tournament including a deep clean and Ashaway string for the club to sell stringing services.

The Cedrus Cayman Open is donating over $32,000 worth of Dunlop junior equipment to the junior squash programme and all proceeds from the tournament will go towards the junior tournament.

Included in this is over 200 racquets, 1,000 balls, 30 bags and 150 goggles.

All of this equipment was flown to Cayman by Cayman Airways, one of the gold sponsors two weeks ago.

National coach Glenn Stark and the squash club chair Janet Sairsingh joined a squash class from John Gray High School at Customs to receive 
this equipment.

Rachel Grinham from Australia is the current world No.3 and will be Cayman’s Marlene West’s opponent in the first round of the Cedrus Cayman Open.

Their match will be played on the glass court at Camana Bay.

Tickets are on sale at The Mansion at Camana Bay. Seats range from $10 to $50 for the general admission.

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