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Future Stars tennis series gets going this weekend

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Tennis Jamaica (TJ) President Aswad Morgan has pointed to the upcoming Tennis Jamaica Future Stars 10 & under Tennis Tournament Series as an important tool in the body’s effort to improve its junior development programmes.

The series will feature three tournaments scheduled on April 13, June 15, and October 12, 2019.

“This is a very critical stage of our kids’ development stage in tennis. Tournaments like this will improve their competitiveness, skill levels, increase their fun factor and knowledge and understanding of the game,” Morgan said in a release to the media yesterday.

Kids will play with specialised racquets, balls, and nets that have been sent to Tennis Jamaica by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to implement these programmes. Boys and girls will play four games to complete a match and will not only play singles, but very importantly, will also compete in doubles.

All players will be guaranteed at least two matches in each event.

“Not enough doubles is played by our kids and this has cost us a few wins in team matches over the last few years because our kids just never grasped the proper way and knowledge of how doubles should really be played.

Big step

“Starting them early is a big step in the right direction and should improve our fortunes in a few years to come,” Morgan added.

According to David Sanguinetti, tournament director, the series is expected to pull out young tennis players from all over.

“We expect to have over 50 entries for our first tournament, and this is expected to grow as each tournament progresses.

“We are expecting kids from all over, including quite a few from August Town and other areas across Kingston,” said Sanguinetti.

“Matches start at 9 a.m. at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, 2A Piccadilly Road, and there is no doubt that it will be a lot of fun.

“We expect to put on a good show for the kids and are looking forward to some keen competition,” added Sanguinetti.