Jamaica's four-member team is currently competing at the International Tennis Federation (ITF)/Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF) 12 and Under COTECC Team Masters event being held in Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico.
Nicholas Gore, John Azar Jr, Jenna Harrison and Emma Dibbs were selected to represent the island after the recently concluded team trials at Tennis Jamaica. Gore was dominant throughout the trials, winning all his matches, while Azar and Harrison are the reigning All-Jamaica boys' and girls Under-12 champions.
The youngsters departed the island last Friday for the event organised by the ITF.
Both boys and girls teams gained qualification after successfully competing against the top teams in the Caribbean at a recent ITF 12 and Under event in September at Liguanea Club, New Kingston.
Also down to compete in the Masters event are The Bahamas, Bermuda, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and host nation Mexico.
DAVIS CUP FORMAT
The tournament will be played with a Davis Cup format and each tie will consist of two singles matches and one doubles match. Competition format will be a combination between a round robin, followed by main and consolation draws.
In addition to the competition itself, the ITF will host a series of daily educational forums where important topics relating to overall player development and tennis education will be explored.
Tennis Jamaica vice-president and chairman of its technical committee, Llockett McGregor, described the competition as "undoubtedly tough as it is a Masters event which attracts the best of the best".
McGregor added that the team was "a strong one", noting that "they actually arrived in Mexico a day early in an effort to get acclimatised to the higher altitude and overall conditions which differ greatly from those to which they are accustomed".
The team, which is accompanied by coach/team captain Kadija Richards, is due to return to the Island on Saturday.