One of the world’s best tennis players believes the Cayman Islands is on the right path toward growing the sport.
Former world number one Jim Courier returns to Cayman next month for the 2016 Legends Tennis event.
He said between celebrity exhibition events like Legends and Cayman’s recent entrance onto the International Tennis Federation (ITF) circuit, the country will begin to generate more interest in tennis.
“I think when you have a combination of high-profile events like the Legends event where you have recognisable names that have played at the very upper echelon of sport and they can come in and energize the younger players — we’ll be doing a youth clinic — and then when you have an ITF event — which is a lower-level pro tournament — and you have a chance for some aspiring pros to come and compete on island, you’re getting a nice combination of inspiration for your local players,” Courier said. “Whether they’re young or old, that’s the wonderful thing about tennis.”
The event is slated to take place for the second-straight year at Camana Bay’s Festival Green. It takes place 5-6 February with mixed doubles and singles matches on both days.
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