Service resumes for busy champs

The junior tennis programme relaunches again this weekend and there is a full schedule lined up for all aspiring champs.

Jeremy Superfine is a champ in his own right having won the team triathlon event in November with Drew MacKay and Chris Graham under the name Super Macs. Superfine is also president of the Cayman Islands Tennis Federation.

He said: “PwC have once again generously sponsored the Junior Tennis Circuit. We have eight tournaments lined up in three locations – The Cayman Islands Tennis Club, Camana Bay and The Courts at the Ritz Carlton.

“The first event of the new season is this weekend so entry forms should be submitted to Rob Seward at the Tennis Club by no later than 9 January. The forms and schedule can be downloaded from our FaceBook page or collected from any of the pros.

“Dale Avery is continuing to run the Elite Squad and Thomas Neuert the Girls Elite Squad. Congratulations to those juniors who competed overseas recently. We will be reviewing both squads in the next few weeks. The top ranked juniors will be selected.”

Superfine thanked Walkers law firm who have partly sponsored their schools programme, which now covers 14 schools, including those in Cayman Brac.

They have also been working with the Government’s After Schools Programme which is supported by part paid volunteers, but they need more volunteers to help.

Superfine added: “In addition to our ongoing activities, we are looking to invite John Goede back to the Cayman Islands to provide a series of workshops over three days.

“This is for all those who have an interest in Tennis 10s or would like ideas on how to encourage our juniors to take up tennis and quickly get into rallying.

“John Goede is the International Tennis Federation’s expert in the development of Tennis 10s in the Caribbean. We hope all pros, PE teachers, volunteers, parents and tennis enthusiasts will benefit from this.”

Superfine is appreciative of Cayman National for continuing their sponsorship of the Cayman National Tennis 10s. Using the smaller courts and specially designed soft balls is proving popular amongst youngsters looking to start tennis and quickly get into rallying.

“We propose a series of Cayman National Tennis 10s events throughout 2013. We are now taking Tennis 10s into primary schools, with the recent inclusion of George Town Primary and the Lighthouse School. Thank you to Noel for his efforts with these schools.”

The tennis federation recently opened four permanent mini-courts at the Paul Howard Courts on West Bay Road, next to Villa Royale apartments which are open to the public anytime.

“Noel has set-up a Tennis 10s programme on these courts for the next school term. Further details can be downloaded from our FaceBook page. The courts are free to use. If you wish to book or use the courts for an event, please let us know and we can reserve the courts for a donation towards the maintenance of the courts. Tennis 10s balls and small racquets can be purchased online through any retail outlet.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer and help with running the junior tennis programmes should email [email protected]