Tennis is one of the most desirable recreational activities because of its individual nature and its long-term appeal. Men have, over the years, dominated the sport, with fewer women rising above the junior level in Jamaica.
To maintain the competitive edge among female tennis players locally, Guardian Life has, for the past two years, sponsored an all-girls tennis tournament.
According to tournament director Llockett McGregor, the issue of minimal female participation in the sport is not just limited to Jamaica, but is a problem across the region.
"What we are trying to do here is to create more awareness and provide incentives that will keep the girls interested to perform in the sport," said McGregor.
Guardian Life has again sponsored the 13th annual Guardian Life Open Junior Tennis Series. The first of the two tournaments serves off today and ends tomorrow at Liguanea Club, New Kingston.
The weekend tournament is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will engage approximately 50 of the country's female junior players. The girls will be placed in categories based on their ability, including beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
The young women will be awarded points at the end of the tournament based on the national junior ranking system.
The second tournament in the series, the Guardian Life Open Junior Tennis Championship, is scheduled for September 21-22.