Hale serves kids again in Jamaica

Cayman’s tennis players head off to the inaugural Jamaica International Tennis Federation Senior Championships this week. 

The event, for players aged over 35, starts on Wednesday and runs until Sunday at the Tryall Club in Montego Bay.  

Rob Seward, head coach at the Tennis Club in South Sound is competing, as well as Robert Hale, Ray Hydes, Marion Goodall, Richard Harrison and Mike Bonikowski. 

Besides the ITF Senior Championships, there is an open division for men and women. A total of $8,000 in prize money is on offer. 

Former world No. 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner Jim Courier will play an exhibition game against tournament organizer Karl Hale, Robert’s brother, on Saturday. 

Jamaica-born Hale is the head pro at the Donalda Club in Toronto, Canada and also the tournament director for the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which is the third longest running professional tournament along with Wimbledon and the US Open.  

Hale, who plays in Cayman regularly, founded the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation eight years ago which has raised enough to build six schools to help 4,000 kids. Proceeds from this tournament will contribution to this foundation.  

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Karl Hale regularly plays in Cayman. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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