The 2016 Legends Tennis event opens serve Friday 5 February.
While many fans’ eyes will be glued to stars like Andy Roddick, Anna Kournikova and Jim Courier, the vendors at the event say they hope they don’t get the chance to even see one point this weekend because they’ll be tending to customers.
Cayman 27’s Kevin Morales stopped by to check in with them.
“We’re so busy right now we don’t have time to watch any games,” said Cody Bush, Co-Owner of Smokin Bros, which will be serving up food throughout the tournament.
“Obviously it’s very lucrative,” fellow Smokin Bros Co-Owner Anthony Lawson said. “It’s a great event, a big event, a lot of spectators. In general, I think sports events in the Cayman Islands are great for the Cayman Islands. It offers the opportunity for businesses like ourselves and other businesses to reap the benefits of having large groups of people come try to enjoy a sporting event.”
It was a sentiment echoed by Barnes Bartender Service Owner Brian Barnes.
“For a small business like mine, getting the people to come through and getting the contract and the service to work helps out small business in the Caymans here.”
Many of this weekend’s spectators will be attendees of the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit, some of whom reside overseas and may get their first taste of jerk between sets.
“It’s always a great opportunity to show your heritage and show what we’re about and showcase the Cayman Islands,” Lawson said. “This is a tourist destination, so the more we can put into our tourist product… it” going to be a great thing for us.”
These business owners say it’s an example of sports tourism at work, even if they’re too busy serving customers to see any of the tournament being played.