One of Cayman’s only professional tournaments, The Cayman Cup will not return in 2018.
In speaking with Tournament Director Karl Hale, he said the decision, which was made at the end of the 2017, came down to a combination of the timing, plus the desire to improve the field and attract better players.
“We ran into a lot of trouble with rain in October. We figured May and June is a better window to get players from different academy’s in the US and Canada to come down to make the event. We want to have more people in the event, have a stronger player field in the event so we can get a higher grade of players in the future.”
Hale added the Cayman Cup will return in 2019.
“We didn’t choose to take the year off. When we made the decision after the event, you have to wait a year based on the ITF (International Tennis Federation) calendar.”
In 2017, fourteen year-old American Madison Sieg won her first ITF title defeating Australia’s Madison Bishop 6-1, 6-2 in the Under-18 Girls division, while Japan’s Shintaro Mochizuka defeated Keshav Chopra of the United States 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in the Under-18 Boys division.