Kids set to serve and volley again

Junior tennis players return to combat this weekend after a long summer’s break in the year’s fourth PwC-sponsored tournament.

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound is the venue, with competition starting on Friday afternoon and ending with the finals on Sunday.

While the list of competitors will not be finalized until Thursday, it is pretty much a given that all the top players will be competing to retain their national rankings.

Oskar Bjuro, the No. 1 in the 10 and under group, hasn’t lost a PwC junior circuit match this year, and looks set to continue his winning ways, despite some pressure from No. 2 Caden Stradling.

For his part, Stradling is unlikely to concede much ground to those immediately under him on the 10&U ladder, namely Sebastian Bjuro, Todd Purton and Jake Serpell.

Jack Lomax is the current king of the 12&Us; he remains unbeaten this season, with three PwC tournaments played, nine matches won and no losses.

Lauren Fullerton is the No. 2 seed, with a respectable six wins and three losses over three tournaments.

Ranked No. 3 is Alex Claybourn, with Neildeep Gosh No. 4 and James Rew No. 5. Results from July’s highly competitive Blue Mountain Caribbean Championships in Kingston give an indication of the quality of play in this division; Fullerton won the girls’ 12&U title.

Bobby Lomax, Jack’s elder brother, celebrates his 12th birthday later this month. Despite his age, he is already Cayman’s No. 1 in the 14&U division.

Bobby scooped the 12&U boys’ crown for Cayman at Blue Mountain in Jamaica in July. He also stands unbroken this year, with nine matches played and no defeats.

His closest rival is Harrison Clough, who was only 11 in June. Chasing their precocious heels in the rankings are Matthew Barnett, Nicholas Polloni, Jona Narborough and Calum Lindsay.

In the 18&U group, Daniel Reid holds the No. 1 spot by a comfortable margin. No. 2 is Jade Wilkinson, who excelled herself by reaching the semifinals of a junior International Tennis Federation tournament this summer in Jamaica. Callum Theaker is No. 3, with Nicholas Leonard in fourth spot and Kabir Chandi in the fifth place.

The PwC junior tennis circuit is run by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, with the help of local pros.

Spectators are welcome at this weekend’s event. PwC tournaments are open to all junior tennis players in Cayman.