Dunlop serve $15k treat for kids

Local junior tennis players will benefit from new training equipment thanks to a generous donation by Dunlop and Legends Tennis.

Over $15,000 worth of Dunlop tennis equipment will be delivered to the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands to distribute to their community programme.

Tennis Federation president Jeremy Superfine said” “This generous donation of tennis equipment has been tremendous in the development of our schools programme.

“Primary schools across Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, and now the government high schools will continue to benefit from its use.

“Our goal is to get our youth active through tennis and we cannot do this without the fantastic equipment that Dunlop provides. Thank you to the Legends and Dunlop for their continued support.

“We invite all teachers and tennis enthusiasts who would like to be a part of our tennis programmes to visit our FaceBook page or email [email protected]

Hunter Hines is USA director of marketing and product development for Dunlop. He said: “Dunlop is proud to support the Legends Tennis event.

“We have experienced significant growth as a brand recently and this event is a great way to showcase what Dunlop is all about, all while helping to support and grow the game at the grassroots level.”

Mike Ryan, the owner of Silver Fin Development Company Ltd, and long-standing host sponsor of the Legends tournament, said: “An important part of the 2012 Legends Tennis Championships is the involvement of local junior players and our support of local junior tennis programmes. We hope that the event will help to inspire our junior players who are currently in the programme, and encourage others to get involved in the sport.”

The Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands’ Junior Tennis programme is a recipient charity of the non-profit 2012 Legends Tennis Championships’ proceeds along with the tournament’s long standing charity – the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

In addition to the equipment donation, local juniors will also benefit from being in the competitive spotlight for the tournament. This year, as part of the Legends Tennis Championships, The ‘Junior Legends’ will allow Cayman’s best to play in the curtain-raiser matches, giving our top juniors experience playing on a stadium court in front of a large crowd.

Also, 1,500 school children will have the opportunity to participate in workshops run by the visiting pros.

“For the junior players to be able to play in front of all-time greats such as Martina Hingis, Stefan Edberg and Wayne Ferreira will be a great boost and inspiration to them, and hopefully encourage them to go further in the sport,” said event organiser Dan Kneipp.

To make the event more inclusive and accessible, organisers have also expanded the seating and reduced match ticket prices. Over 1,500 free junior viewing tickets have been offered to schools and juniors and there are over 800 free seats on offer for the Cayman qualifying night on Tuesday 30 October.

The player line up competing for the 2012 Legends Tennis Championships includes Grand Slam tournament winners Hingis, Edberg, Ferreira, Jimmy Arias and Murphy Jensen. The 2012 Legends Tennis will also include Celebrity Tennis with Virgin founder and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and former world No.1 golfer Greg Norman.

The 2012 Legends Tennis Championships will begin with the Cayman Qualifying session on Tuesday, offering complimentary viewing to the public followed by the first round matches on Wednesday 31 October, the men’s finals on Friday 2 November and the mixed doubles finals and xxhibition match on Saturday followed by the festive Whites Party at The Ritz-Carlton.

All matches will be played at The Courts at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The Courts offer three red clay courts and one of the Caribbean’s only professional-quality grass tennis courts.

The stadium seating provides exceptional views of the matches and the green of the Greg Norman-designed Blue Tip golf course, that combined with a cooling breeze from the Caribbean Sea coming from Cayman’s North Sound, makes the Legends Tennis one of the world’s most beautiful sporting venues.

The Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands’ Junior Tennis programme is a recipient charity of the non-profit 2012 Legends Tennis Championships’ proceeds along with the tournament’s long standing charity – the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

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