PwC Junior Circuit tennis tournament hosts 24 top players

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The second PwC Junior Circuit tennis tournament on March 4-6 at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club hosted 24 of Cayman’s top junior tennis players.

The 13-and-under division was the biggest draw of all of the divisions, with 10 juniors playing for the trophy. The division had more three set matches than expected, which is fantastic for the future of junior tennis in Cayman, organizers said, and for the future of the Cayman Islands Tennis Club. as all of them are trained by the coaches at CITC.

Jake Serpell defeated Jake Booker, a two-time finalist, 6-3, 4-6, 10-2 to take his first championship trophy of the year. Alex Claybourn defeated Caden Stradling 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 for third place, and Oskar Bjuro won the consolation draw. The No. 1 junior player in Cayman, Callum Theaker, 15, is striving to become an NCAA tennis player. He defeated Harrison Clough 6-0, 6-0 in the final. Harrison, only 12 years old, is playing in the 18’s division. Jade Wilkinson won third place, and Lauren Fullerton, playing “up” in her age group, defeated Calum Lindsay in the consolation match.

The Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands thanked PwC for sponsoring another great junior sporting event in Cayman, and also thanked the Cayman Islands Tennis Club and the talented tournament participants.

The organizers said they were pleased to see a couple of first-time participants in the tournament.

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After losing his first-round match to an 11-year-old, Rafael Wejbora, 8, took home the consolation prize. His coach from the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, Ilian Nachev, said he is happy with Rafael’s progress in tennis.

Another newcomer to the PwC Junior Circuit, Jagger Linford, a past CITC junior member, came out of retirement and won third place in the under-11 division. Sebastian Bjuro, Cayman’s No. 1 player in the 11-and-under division, defeated Ben Stainrod in the finals, 6-4, 6-3.

Rob Seward and Dale Avery, the co-directors of the event, thanked the Tennis Federation of Cayman Islands for supporting another fantastic junior tournament and for supporting tennis in Cayman.

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