Huge turnout for second PwC junior tournament

Jade Wilkinson won the 18-and-under division. (All photos by Martin Wilkinson)

It was an historic gathering of youngsters for the PwC Junior Circuit Tennis Tournament last weekend. As many as 34 players turned out for the second tournament of the 2017 season at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club in South Sound, the most the circuit has seen.

It was a memorable moment in the 18-and-under division, when two female players met in the finals for the first time. Jade Wilkinson, the best under-18 female player, took on some tough competition from Lauren Fullerton in the final with Jade coming out on top.

Lauren Fullerton

Those two saw a lot of each other through the week, as they also both participated in the 2017 Cayman Open where Jade beat Lauren in the women’s semifinals, Lauren and her partner beat Jade and her partner in the women’s doubles final, and Jade and her partner beat Lauren and her father in the mixed doubles finals.

Oskar Bjuro ended up winning the 18-and-under consolation medal.

In the 10-and-under division, the final was played between Jake Fagan and Phin Ellison. The match went back and forth in a competitive final with Jake Fagan becoming the eventual winner in a tough three-setter. That was the second consecutive final in which these two foes have faced each other. According to reports, both players showed a lot of pride and determination in the match.

Jake Fagan won the 10-and-under division.

Rafael Wejbora defeated newcomer Albert Bersoy for third place, while another newcomer to the PwC Circuit, Dominic Gunn, won the consolation trophy in his first tournament.

The 14-and-under division had another repeat final match from the January PwC tournament.  Jakub Neveril won his second consecutive final against Alex Priestley.  Jakub has really started the year off well as it is his second win in as many tournaments.  Willow Wilkinson won the consolation final.

Jakub Neveril won the 14-and-under division.

Rob Seward and Dale Avery, the tournament directors, said they were pleased to see some new faces to the circuit and seeing the success that some of the younger juniors had playing in their new respective age divisions as a lot of the juniors had to move up an age division from last year.

“A lot of the tennis juniors that play in these tournaments go around the world and region to participate at a high level in other tournaments throughout the year so it is always entertainment when they play in our local tournaments in Cayman,” stated a release from the club.  “It was also great to see some new juniors participate in their first tournaments as well as these tournaments are a benchmark to their junior tennis career.”

The Tennis Federation thanked PwC for their continued support sponsoring these tournaments “as it really is a wonderful experience for the juniors to participate with a high level of sportsmanship and effort during the weekend tournament,” the release added.

The next PwC Junior Circuit Tennis Tournament will be played 31 March to 2 April at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.

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