Junior tennis best players will be competing at this year’s seventh and final PwC-sponsored tournament this weekend.
Only the top eight players in each of the three age divisions will initially be eligible for the 2011 PwC Junior Masters Championship finals at the Tennis Club on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December. The points from this last tournament go towards the year’s total for each player.
Overall winners will each receive a much-coveted prize: a week’s free board and training at the world-renowned Bollettieri Tennis Academy (part of IMG Academies) in Bradenton, Florida. If any of the top eight players cannot take part, then lower-ranked players will be invited to join the tournament.
Just as in the ATP World Tour end-of-year finals, the eight players in each division (11-and-under, 14-and-under, and 18-and-under) will split into two groups, and play a round-robin event on Friday. The top two players from both groups will then meet in semi-finals and finals on Saturday afternoon.
The tournament is being hosted by the pros at the Tennis Club in South Sound.
Although the leading players in each division – Callum Theaker, Daniel Reid and Alex Leonard – are sufficiently far ahead in the points system that they are the foregone junior circuit 2012 champions, there is still plenty of honour and glory left to play for and many players will be jostling to the last in this tournament to improve their final 2012 rankings.
The standard of play at the PwC tournaments is always impressive and members of the public are welcome to spectate.
Initial qualifiers (ranked in order) are:
11-and-under: Callum Theaker, Nicholas Polloni, James Priaulx, Reese Hoeksema, Kabir Chandi, John-Ross Clough, Harrison Clough, Ben Black.
14-and-under: Daniel Reid, Simon Butler, Nicholas Polloni, Matteo Polloni, Nicholas Leonard, Nathan McLaughlin, Josh Bolland, Christopher Fletcher.
18-and-under: Alex Leonard, Mark Reid, Luca Polloni, Edward Bodden, Thomas Wolfe, Morgan Hayward, William Hayward, Jonathan Lumsden.