Cayman Cup 2017 opens serve

Canada's Samantha Horwood was among the winners on the opening day.

The 2017 Cayman Cup tennis tournament served off on Monday, 30 October with 120 junior players from more than 20 countries are participating in the event being played at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound.

This is the third year that the tournament is being played and is sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Some of Cayman’s top juniors featured on the opening day of play. In the boys U18 draw, 17-year-old Callum Theaker lost 7-6(3), 6-1 to Chukwudumebi Smarty of the United States.

In the girls draw, Lauren Fullerton and sisters Jade and Willow Wilkinson had a tough time as they were all ousted in the first round.

Jade, 17, was defeated by Madison Seig of the United States 6-2, 6-1, while 13-year-old Willow fell to Australia’s Madison Bishop 6-0, 6-1. Fullerton, 14, lost to Catherine Aulia of Australia 6-2, 6-0.

This you’re the Cayman Cup features a Central American & Caribbean Tennis Confederation (COTECC) U14 draw, with players from Canada, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Nicaragua competing.

Also included in the schedule are adult draws in mixed doubles (starting Wednesday), men’s and women’s singles (starting Thursday), women’s doubles and men’s doubles (starting Friday).

The public is invited to head to the Cayman Islands Tennis Club to witness the top-level juniors and adults play. A special treat is in store for Friday evening when a celebrity exhibition coincides with the U18 girls’ final starting at 6:30 p.m.

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