Nine of the Cayman Islands’ top tennis juniors competed in Jamaica over the last two weeks where they won two trophies.
The juniors, who have all played and trained at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, participated in two tournaments.
The squad comprised of Jack and Bobby Lomax, Jake Serpell, Nealdeep Ghosh, Lauren Fullerton, Jade Wilkinson, Matthew Barnett, Callum Theaker and Daniel Reid.
For the last three years, the Cayman Islands Tennis Club’s head coach Rob Seward has taken juniors to these tournaments at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.
The first tournament was The Blue Mountain Caribbean Championships in which Cayman competed with Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados.
Jamaica beat Cayman in the finals last year. Cayman’s team consisted of Theaker, Reid and newcomer Bobby Lomax.
It was a difficult draw that Cayman faced, taking on Jamaica again.
Cayman dropped the two singles positions to Jamaica who ended up beating Barbados and capturing the team event for the third straight year.
In the individual age groups of the Blue Mountain Championships, Cayman did well but only one got to the finals.
In the girls’ 12 and under division, Cayman’s Lauren Fullerton returned from her first overseas tournament with a trophy.
Fullerton was not seeded in the draw but she defeated the second seed in the first round and then rolled through the rest of the draw where she met up against Guyana’s Kalyca Fraser, beating her 6-2, 2-6, 10-5.
In the boys’ 12 and under division, Cayman was represented by the Lomax brothers, Serpell and Ghosh. All played their best and had mixed results but it was Bobby Lomax who excelled, defeating Jamaica’s Damani Cain 6-2, 0-6, 10-8 in the championship game. Cain was the defending champion.
The next event was the International Tennis Federation Jamaica International Championship Tournament.
Cayman did well but no one managed to reach a final.
Seward said all the coaches at the Tennis Club are extremely proud of how well the juniors played in Jamaica, having trained extremely hard.
“It’s great to see that our juniors are getting better and better each year and it is also fantastic to see that our younger players are also able to go overseas and compete well against older players,” Seward said.
“I’m also excited that, for the last three years, we have been able to bring more and more juniors to compete in these two tournaments.”
He added that overseas tournaments are the best way to improve juniors and thanked the parents for making the trip a possibility by funding his expenses.
“It is also a great pleasure for me to hear compliments from Tennis Jamaica and the International Tennis Federation on how much our juniors have improved and how well-mannered they are all during the events,” Seward said.
He also thanked the organizers of the Blue Mountain Championships, Llockett McGregor, and the host families for putting up the juniors during the first tournament and to Tennis Jamaica.