250 tennis players expected to play in Cayman Cup

Karl Hale is the tournament director.
Karl Hale is the tournament director.

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club is expecting 250 adult and junior players from all over the world to take part in its second annual Cayman Cup Tennis Tournament.

The tournament, part of the Caribbean International Tennis Federation circuit, will run from Saturday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Nov. 5.

Organizers said players from Aruba, Brazil, Belgium, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Canada, Czech Republic, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, USA, St. Martin, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, the Netherlands, Venezuela and Puerto Rico will be attending.

The tournament’s director is former Davis Cup player Karl Hale.

“The Cayman Islands ITF Championships is about friendship, ambiance, and sportsmanship and of course a lot of fun,” he said to potential players on the tournament’s website. “It’s a melting pot of cultures from all over the world playing tennis in a ‘festival atmosphere.’”

This year’s tournament will consist of the Seniors ITF tournament; Junior ITF under 18s event; and under 14s event.

The entry deadline for the ITF Seniors event, which will be take place Nov. 2-5, is Wednesday morning, Oct. 12. All interested participants will need to first apply for an IPIN number and then enter through the ITF website at www.itftennis.com.

Organizers said the under 18s ITF event is already set with a talented pool of international juniors taking part.

Under-14 players, both male and female, who want to sign up, can contact Rob Seward at [email protected] by noon on Oct. 21.

Organizers said club members can receive free tickets for the finals on Nov. 5 by making reservations by Oct. 22 at [email protected] The finals will be held at 6 p.m.

Also on Oct. 22, just before the finals, there will also be a free clinic for club members at 5 p.m. Those interested can register on www.caymancup.ca. or [email protected] A world-class ATP exhibition match will follow the clinic.

Among items up for auction will be a racket autographed by Roger Federer and VIP tickets to the 2017 Rogers Cup in Canada.

To volunteer for the event, email the club at [email protected]

For more information, visit www.caymancup.ca.