Tennis Federation announces new initiative, Junior Circuit on hold

Rafael Wejbora won the 14 and Under Division in the last PwC tournament. (Photo by Martin Wilkinson)

The islands’ top junior tennis players will have to wait a while longer before getting back into competition, the Tennis Federation of the Cayman Islands (TFCI) has announced, as it introduced a new initiative to keep competitive juices flowing for players of all ages in the meantime.

“Although we are back playing tennis, unfortunately, due to local restrictions and guidance from the ITF, we are unable to resume the PwC Junior Circuit tournaments at this stage.  We will keep you updated as and when this changes.  We are also unable to resume the Elite Squad due to group lesson limitations,” the TFCI stated in a circular to members on 13 July.

The last PwC Junior Circuit tournament was held in early March before government announced ‘Shelter in Place’ restrictions to limit the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on public health in the Cayman Islands.

The TFCI also used the opportunity to announce its new Open Play initiative.

“Open Play is match play for juniors and adults, singles and doubles, in whatever format you want to play and wherever you want to play.  You will be able to keep track of your matches and scores, and we hope that this will encourage everyone to play competitive tennis matches,” the Federation said.  It added that further details will be circulated in the coming days.

During the COVID-19 shutdown, the TFCI encouraged members to support local charities. It confirmed that players donated over CI$2,000 and that the sporting body will also be donating an additional CI$1,000. This will be distributed to ARK, Feed our Future, Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. 

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