Sebastian Bjuroe is probably the most talked about new player on the PwC junior tennis circuit.
At the moment, he is ranked No. 7 in the 10&Under age group, which seems unremarkable – yet Sebastian is only 6.
A confident, cheerful youngster whose chin just about reaches the top of a tennis net, Bjuroe is a pupil at Hope Academy.
He has played in four PwC junior tournaments this year, winning five matches and losing nine.
There are 16 players in the 10&U group, so there is no lack of competition. And Bjuroe, who concentrates well on court, is the youngest of all of them.
“To be ranked seventh at the age of 6, that’s quite an achievement,” said Rob Seward of the Cayman Islands Tennis Club. “He’s a talented player.”
“I play rugby, and soccer at school, but tennis is my favourite,” little Sebastian confides. He is part of the tennis club’s junior programme and plays several times a week.
The diminutive aspiring champ is the younger son of long-time Cayman residents Sue and Johan Bjuroe.
Older brother, Oskar, age 8, is another young player to watch. He is ranked No. 3 in the 10&Unders.
“He’s definitely an up-and-comer,” Seward said. “He has not played seriously for that long, maybe six months. He probably plays four times a week, as well as training with the Elite Squad. He comes out early to hit, he works hard. He deserves his success. Both he and Sebastian have great attitude.”
Oskar, a Cayman Prep student, took up tennis about 18 months ago. He swims two days a week and plays rugby on the weekends.
He nurtures admirable ambitions: “I am very serious about becoming a professional tennis player and being famous. My goal is to win Wimbledon 10 times.” So no lack of ambition there.
Ranked a respectable No. 5 in the 10&U group is another newcomer to the PwC circuit, Lauren Fullerton. Fullerton, 9, has been part of the junior tennis programme for two years, but only started competing in tournaments late last year, said her father, Mike. She’s played in all five PwC tournaments in 2013.
A Montessori By The Sea student, Fullerton enjoys group lessons at the tennis club four times a week, as well as training with the Girls Elite Squad every Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton.
She also practises with her father for an hour or two a week. “She loves tennis and takes it very seriously,” he said. “She’s a serious athlete.” Besides tennis, Lauren plays squash and swims.
Seward has high hopes for Lauren, commenting: “She’s coming on in leaps and bounds this year.”
Another girl doing well on the court is Shmritee Arun, a St. Ignatius pupil. She took up tennis about six months ago and is now ranked ninth in the 10&Unders, having played in her first ever tournament in April and her second earlier this month. “I am pleased with her results, she has done well,” Seward said.
There will be three more PricewaterhouseCoopers-sponsored junior tennis tournaments this year, with the next one set for 7 to 9 June at the courts at Cayman International School.
PwC tournaments are open to all junior players in the age groups 10&U, 12&U, 14&U, and 18&U. For more details, see the Facebook page of the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, or speak to any tennis pro. The PwC circuit is run under the aegis of the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, with the help of local pros.