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Juniors make shot for Mayberry Investments titles

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Last year's winners and runners-up in the Mayberry Investments Limited Open Junior Tennis Championship, which was held at Liguanea Club, pose with with Anika Smith (centre, middle row), assistant vice president, marketing, Mayberry Investments Limited; tournament director Llockett McGregor (back row) and Tennis Jamaica's Leroy Brown (right). - Contributed

Aspiring junior tennis players desirous of playing in international tournaments scheduled for year-end will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills during the fourth staging of the Mayberry Investments Limited Open Junior Tennis Championships.

The two-day event serves off this morning at 9 a.m. at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, and the finals are set to begin tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

The Mayberry Juniors will engage approximately 90 players; boys and girls in the age-group categories 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. The players will not only be playing for a trophy, which is the grand prize, but also points that will add to their national ranking.

Anika Smith, assistant vice president, marketing, Mayberry Investments Limited, said her company is proud to be partnering with tennis again, because it is important for the continued development of the sport in Jamaica.

Happy to be sponsors

"We are pleased to be sponsoring this event, as it is important for the development of youth tennis in Jamaica. It also creates a medium for players to hone their skills ahead of other local and international tournaments," Smith said.

According to the organisers, the level of participation expected will lend credence to the growing level of support in Jamaica at the junior level and will address the overall aim of boosting the level of play in the sport.

Such levels have improved and expanded overseas, and tournament director Llockett McGregor says the Jamaicans' preparation for these tournaments - such as the Junior Orange Bowl and Little Mo International Tennis Championships - are in high gear.

As such, McGregor says the Mayberry Investments championship comes at an opportune time.

"This tournament is a good opportunity for the players who are going to be participating in these events to improve their skills. It also serves as a good warm-up for junior tennis players in general," McGregor said.

The 53rd Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, set for December 14-23, promises to once again host the best 12-and-under and 14-and-under tennis players in the world.

More than 1400 players from over 74 countries will travel to South Florida to compete in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the amateur tennis circuit.

This number includes several Jamaicans, who have been making their mark with outstanding play marked by their high placing.