Rain delays, but doesn’t ruin junior tennis tournament

Willow Wilkinson finished third in the 13 and Under division.

The fourth tournament of the 2016 PwC Junior Tennis Circuit, scheduled for the last weekend in May, finally ended on June 2 due to rain delays.

Sebastian Bjuro won the 11 and Under final and maintained his No. 1 ranking.
Sebastian Bjuro won the 11 and Under final and maintained his No. 1 ranking.

This was the biggest tournament to date for PwC and the Tennis Federation, with 30 competitors, including six new players in the 11 and under division.

The tournament was held at The Ritz-Carlton Tennis Centre, where the 13&U and 18&U divisions got to play on clay courts for the second time this year. Unfortunately, due to the rain, only a couple of the matches were completed on the clay courts before the organizers were forced to move the rest of the tournament to the hard courts at the Tennis Club in South Sound.

In the 11&U final, Sebastian Bjuro defeated Jagger Linford 6-2 6-4 to continue his run of tournament wins and maintain his No. 1 ranking.

In the 13&U final, Jake Serpell defeated Alex Claybourn 6-2 4-6 10-8. Both players have their eyes on becoming ranked No. 1, so it was a thrilling match to watch.

In the 18&U final, Jade Wilkinson defeated Jack Lomax 6-2 7-6, taking her to the top spot in the division.

Other notable results included Matthew Penner playing in his first tournament and finishing fourth. Willow Wilkinson finished third in the 13&U division, her highest place to date. In the 11&U division, Gavin Sunley and Xavier Marshall battled it out in their first tournament for third and fourth place, with Sunley winning 7-5 3-6 10-8.

The next PwC Junior tournament will take place at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club on Aug. 19–21. Any junior players who want to find out more about the tournaments, or would like to enter, may contact the Tennis Federation at [email protected]