Twelve countries, including host Antigua & Barbuda, will compete in this weekend’s Caribbean Junior Invitational tennis tournament slated to open today at the National Tennis Center (NTC) located at Campsite.
BVI, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, Nicaragua, Cayman Islands, Surinam, USVI, St Lucia and Ireland, will all compete against host Antigua & Barbuda over the weekend at the newly renovated NTC.
Public Relations Officer of the Tennis Association, Dianne Hillhouse said the format of the competition ensures that all 41 players will receive ample court time.
“They are all pooled into groups and I think the maximum group would be four players and then they have to compete amongst each other and the top two out of each group advances to the main draw the others will be pooled and those who didn’t make it to the main draw goes into the consolation draw,” he said.
“Even if you make it to the main draw and you lose in the first round, you still have to play because each player must be positioned in the tournament so they are going to play lots of tennis this weekend,” he added.
Hillhouse revealed also that all aspects of the tournament, both technical and administrative, have been sorted ahead of the tournament.
“The referee that came in, Collene Degans, is training the ball boys and she is training the officials and that’s a two-day process which started (Wednesday) and will be completed today (Thursday). We have a total of 60 volunteers and competition starts Saturday morning at 8 am,” he said.
Selene Kentish, Samaar Davis and US-based Sibley Charles will all represent Antigua & Barbuda in the girls’ division while Seth Joseph, Aiden Fuller, Ottavio Seagalla and Diez’l Roseau will contest the boys’ division of the tournament set for April 29 to May 3.