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Gas Pro tennis to feature best local juniors

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 5:00 AMShayne Fairman

The Gas Pro Open Junior Tennis Championships, which will feature more than 45 young tennis players, will be played tomorrow and Sunday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.

There will be competition in boys' and girls' 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under.

The competition is part of the Llockett McGregor Tennis Series, which caters to young tennis players from age 12 to 18.

At Wednesday's launch at the Liguanea Club, McGregor told The Gleaner that players from Miami, Florida will be among those competing this weekend.

"The addition of players from overseas is good for the sport as most of our young players have been used to competing against each other locally. It will be good to expose them to different talents which would give them more exposure and confidence and help grow the sport," McGregor said.

Last year's girls' Under-16 defending champion Mickalia Stephens, defending boys' Under-18 champion Daniel Hill are among those scheduled to take part in the weekend tournament.

Hillel Academy's Mia Minott, who will play in the 14 and under age group, is confident that she will do well.

"I think I can win, so I am hoping to play my best game," she said following Wednesday's launch.

Devra Vassell, marketing officer of GasPro Limited, said his company views the sponsorship as part of their corporate duty to give back, and aid the development of a non-traditional sport.