Masters aces in Cayman this week

The Cayman International Tennis Federation Tennis Championships started on Tuesday with more than 120 players participating in the event throughout this week. 

Matches are at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound in the largest tennis event ever hosted on the island. 

Hana Mandlikova, the four-time Grand Slam champion, will be playing an exhibition on Thursday at 7 p.m. with Rob Seward, the tennis club’s head pro and Jade Wilkinson. Players from as far afield as Japan, Canada, Jamaica, France, U.S. and England are competing against local players. 

This is a Grade 5 ITF event, for over-35s and the finals are on Sunday. 

There are singles, doubles and mixed doubles categories, with age groups 35 and over to 85 and over in five-year increments in the singles events for men and women, and categories from 35 and over to 65 and over in 10-year increments for men and women in the doubles and mixed doubles. 

Cayman residents competing in the masters competition include Richard Harrison and Nigel Mitten. 

There is also a junior event. Local players Daniel Reid and Callum Theaker started the play on Tuesday. Cayman’s Wilkinson also played. 

The action is on every day this week from 9 a.m. and entry is free. 

For more information, contact Karl Hale at [email protected] or (416) 662-8869. 

Rob Seward will play in an exhibition match on Thursday.

Rob Seward will play in an exhibition match on Thursday.

Daniel Reid played in the first match on Tuesday. - PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Daniel Reid played in the first match on Tuesday. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Jade Wilkinson

Jade Wilkinson is Cayman’s top junior girl.

Callum Theaker

Callum Theaker is in the junior competition.

Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison is in the masters competition.
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