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KIG JEEP driving Junior and Mentor Doubles Classic

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 2:00 AM

The KIG JEEP Junior and Mentor Doubles Tennis Classic is scheduled to serve off on Saturday at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, at 9 a.m.

The Junior and Mentor programme is the brainchild of Llockett McGregor and is part of his mandate to invest in junior players on multiple levels.

The concept, which began six years ago, was forged because of the apparent disconnect between juniors, seniors, and past players.

Judith Denton, sales and marketing manager at KIG JEEP, said that they got involved in sponsoring the event because of the intent behind the tournament.

"Kingston Industrial Garage is very pleased to be associated with an event that encourages 'giving back' and which has the potential for positive, lasting effects on the development of young tennis players in Jamaica," said Denton.

This unique tournament features amateur players (21 and over), partnered with young players on the junior tennis circuit, enjoying competitive action on the courts.

The adult amateurs are meant to form a bond with their junior partners and will, hopefully, follow their progress on and off the courts, offer encouragement, advice, and continued moral support.

"Adult amateurs select a junior's name and they're teamed with them as doubles partners. The mentors are expected to continue in the juniors' lives, whether it's on court or off court, providing moral support and encouragement," McGregor said.

Amateurs and juniors alike are invited to sign up to participate, by today, through their respective clubs' notice boards, Tennis Jamaica, or directly with McGregor at the Liguanea Club.

As part of its sponsorship arrangement, an extensive range of KIG's Jeep vehicles will be shown at the event, and participants, patrons, and members of the Liguanea Club are invited to see and experience the brand at leisure.

Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up following the conclusion of finals on Saturday.