Junior tennis saw more drama recently.
The 14-and-Under top seed Daniel Reid, 13, lost his first set of the season in the fifth PwC junior tennis tournament earlier this month, under pressure from the ever-improving Callum Theaker. Reid and Theaker, 11, met in a great two-hour hard-hitting final, with Theaker taking the first set 6-4, only for Reid to counter with a 6-3 score in the second.
The boys then went to a nail-biting tie-break to decide the match, with Reid holding his nerve for a 10-7 win. Losing semi-finalists in this age group were Emma Booker and Nicky Polloni.
Matthew Barnett and Matthew Penner clashed for an equally entertaining two-hour final in the 12-and-Under division. Barnett lost the first set 3-6, but rallied to take the next 6-4. The Matthews’ battle for dominance finally ended when Barnett squeaked past Penner with a 16-14 win in the tie-break.
Bobby Lomax, who has dominated the 10-and-Under section this season, further cemented his number one national ranking with comfortable wins over number two-ranked Harrison Clough and Calum Lindsay in a three-way final. Ritz-coached Lindsay had a strong performance in this tournament, which has propelled him to the number three spot in the rankings, with Jack Lomax at number four and Angus Callan-Smith at number five.
The round-robin format tournament was held at Camana Bay and run by Noel Watkins of Cayman Tennis Academy and local freelance coach Mica Knoll.
“I was delighted when the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands approached me and asked me to be Tournament Director,” commented Watkins after the tournament. “It was a pleasure to be involved and to witness first-hand what a wealth of talent we have among our junior players here in the Cayman Islands.
“The standard in the 10-and-Unders was particularly high, especially when you consider that a lot of the top players in that age group are only eight or nine years old.
“All in all, we were delighted with the enthusiasm of all of the participants and very impressed with the skills on display over the whole weekend.”
The PricewaterhouseCoopers junior tennis circuit is run under the aegis of the tennis federation, with the help of local coaches. The next tournament is in September.