Boosted by an increase in participants, the first round of the PwC Junior Circuit Grand Prix tournament added a 12-and-under division, with 42 tennis players competing among four age groups. The tournament, hosted by the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands, was held earlier this month at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.
In the 10-and-under division, Liliana Goss claimed the title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Matthew Bonikowski. Ava Pierre finished third and Aaron Rajamohan won the consolation draw.
In the 12-and-under group, Mico Samson defeated Leo Frank in a long, competitive match, 6-7, 6-2, 10-8. Jack Mitten took third and newcomer James Fletcher won the consolation draw.
In 14-and-under play, Rafael Wejbora started the season with a title win against rival Albert Berksoy 6-4, 7-5. George Zimmermann finished third and Phin Ellison won the consolation.
In the 18-and-under singles division, a new champion was crowned in 13-year-old Jakub Neveril as he defeated all contenders in a four-player round robin. Lauren Fullerton finished second, losing in a high-quality match to Neveril, whose winning score was 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.
The 14-and-under and 18-and-under divisions both had doubles draws. In the under-14 doubles, the duo of Josh Richardson and Ellison beat Abi Anderson and George Zimmermann in the final 8-4. Samson and Daniel Suico took third place. Oskar Bjuroe and Wejbora took the doubles title in the 18-and-under group with an 8-4 victory over Albert Berksoy and Neveril.
Tournament director Noah Capetta said he was pleased with the new players who joined the tennis circuit. “The event ran smoothly, and the level of play was high, with many hard-fought matches,” he said, as he thanked the organisers, the sponsor and the hosts.The next tournament will be held at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club from 6-8 March.