PwC Invite is another smash

This week’s 2013 PwC Cayman Men’s Invitational tennis championships is bringing more international action to appreciative local fans. 

The finals are on Saturday at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound, as the club is witnessing its second international tournament in as many weeks following the PWC Open, which concluded Saturday in Grand Cayman. 

Entry is free and matches, which began Tuesday, are from 5.30pm. 

Coach Rob Seward said, “there really is no excuse not to come out and watch and enjoy some great tennis, food and libations. It will be the most competitive tournament that the Cayman Islands has ever witnessed. Period.” 

The No. 1 seed in the tournament is Dennis Zivkovic from the United States, who is ranked No. 303 in the world.  

He has been ranked as highly as No. 295 and has a current doubles ranking of No. 198. The No. 2 seed is Phillip Bester from Canada, who was ranked as high as No. 229 in the world in 2011.  

Unfortunately, injuries have given him a current world ranking of No. 567, but he is fighting back. 

Stefanno Ianni, returning from last year’s tournament, is ranked No. 121 in the world in doubles, and he has been ranked as highly as No. 300 in singles. He is the tournament’s No. 3 seed.  

Another returning player this year is fourth-seeded McCoy Malcolm. This is McCoy’s fourth year participating in the PwC Men’s Invitational. Last year, he made it to the finals and lost to Haydn Lewis of Barbados. 

Marcus Malcolm, McCoy’s brother, is also making his fourth appearance in the tournament.  

Former Cayman Islands coach Eduardo Torres has come down from Canada to see if he can regain the title, while Mica Koll and Nikhil Jha, two Caymanians, are making their second appearance in the PwC Men’s Invite.  

All are competing for the top prize of $2,000. Adam Bayley, the club’s local pro, is in the draw as well, as is another local, Alex Leonard, who also participated last year.  

South African Richard Bullbring is also playing for the championship. Rob Weins and Richard Harrison – who last weekend contested the final during the 2013 PwC Cayman Open Championships, with Weins emerging victorious after a thrilling three-set match – also face the tough international players. 

The other two qualifiers from the 2013 PWC Cayman Open are Eamon Wilson and Chris Van de Water. 

“As you can see, the tournament is expected to be fantastic,” Mr. Seward said. “We just hope that all of you will be able to make it to the Cayman Islands Tennis Club to see some great action. Doubles begin on Wednesday.”