The sixth tournament of the PwC Junior Tennis Circuit for 2018, run by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands and hosted by the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, was held on Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29
With three age groups competing – 10 and under, 14 and under, and 18 and under – there was a good turnout with a total of 26 players across the three groups.
A brief power outage on Friday evening almost forced the postponement of some of the scheduled matches until the next day, however, just as it started to get dark, the power was restored and all scheduled matches were completed as planned.
The finals and the doubles were played on Saturday.
In the 18 and under division, Oskar Bjuroe found the will to battle back from a 0-4 game deficit in the first set against Jake Booker, the number 1 seed and defending champion. Oskar clinched the first set in a tiebreak and went on to win the match 7-6, 6-2, claiming the U-18 title. This was the first time Oskar had defeated Jake in a final. In the battle for third place, Jakub Neveril defeated Ricardo Douglas 6-1, 6-2.
In the 14 and under singles division, with a draw of 14, number 1 seed Willow Wilkinson took on the number 2 seed Sebastian Bjuroe. Willow defended her title, defeating Sebastian 6-3, 6-4. Both players played well but Willow was more consistent, playing with controlled aggression and she emerged victorious.
Rafael Wejbora won the match for third place, defeating Phin Ellison 6-4, 7-6. Ben Priaulx took the consolation title home, after defeating Danny Kish 7-6, 6-2.
In the 14 and under doubles, there were three teams, playing in a round robin format. Rafael Wejbora and Albert Berksoy teamed up to win the title with two wins and no losses. Jay Jackson and Digby Robinson finished second, with one victory and a loss, and Joshua Richardson and Ben Priaulx came third.
In the 10 and under final, defending champion Albert Berksoy defeated Milana Thompson 6-2, 6-2 with another fine performance, to secure the title yet again. Ben Coak beat Lea Neverilova 6-4, 6-3 to claim third place. The consolation tournament victory went to James Lymbery-Dickie, who won 6-2, 6-2, against Ricardo Reis in the consolation final.
Tournament Director Ilian Nachev was very pleased with the great atmosphere at the tournament, citing the good conduct and sportsmanship of the players during the entire event.
The last junior tennis event for 2018 is the PwC Masters Tournament, which comprises the top eight players in each age group. The Masters will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.