Open seeking elite status

Cayman Open organizers plan to apply to have the annual tennis tournament sanctioned by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Cayman Islands Tennis Club coach Dale Avery said it will take some work but potentially could have a significant impact on Cayman.

“Once it does become an ATP tournament, then the growth is exponential in the tournament,” Avery said. “And the amount of money involved becomes huge and the players involved. So there’s a lot of expansion there.

“You’re looking at players’ accommodations, flights and appearance fees and prize money. Then you could start looking at tournament costs, stadium costs, and so it would be great for tennis on island. Not just the tennis club, but the entire island could benefit from having a big event like that.”

The 2015 Cayman Open runs from March 26-29.

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