Aces set for PwC tournament

The 2015 PwC Cayman Open starts Thursday and organizers say it will be one of the most competitive tennis tournaments the Caribbean region has seen in years, and the best that Cayman has hosted.

Dominik Hrbaty, who was an Association of Tennis Professionals world No. 12, and can boast that he has beaten Rafael Nadal, has confirmed for the event. He is a 36-year-old Slovakian who reached the French Open semifinal in 1999.

Farrukh Dustov, who is No. 110 in the world, will play too. Dustov, 28, is from Uzbekistan and he was in the top 100 as recently as last month.

“Also, Michael Russell, world No. 179 and used to be as high as 60, will also hopefully come down, along with many others,” said Rob Seward, one of the organizers.

“We will not know until the last minute because some people like Russell will be playing the qualifying event at the Miami Open that is taking place before our tournament. If they lose in qualifying, more than likely they will come to Cayman.”

American Rob Kendrick won this tournament last year and gave it a ringing endorsement. His career-high singles ranking was world No. 69, achieved in July 2009.

The event is free to spectators. Action begins at 4 p.m. Thursday with the singles first round.

On Friday at 4 p.m. it is the singles quarterfinals, followed by doubles first round action. On Saturday, it’s the singles semifinals, followed by doubles action. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the finals start.

Hrbaty conducts a two-hour adult clinic on Saturday from 10:30 a.m., for $75. A free junior clinic starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

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