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Mayberry Open Junior Tennis Championships serves off today

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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JAMAICA'S top players will be participating in the sixth staging of the Mayberry Investments Open Junior Tennis Championships to be held at Tennis Jamaica, today and tomorrow beginning at 9:00 am.

The launch of the championships was held at Tennis Jamaica on Wednesday.

Anika Jengelley, assistant vice-president, Marketing at Mayberry Investments Limited, said her company is very proud to be sponsoring the championships for the sixth year.

“We would like to acknowledge Tennis Jamaica, who've been our partners on this journey and for the hard work they've been putting in organising the schools and the participants,” Jengelley said.

“Here at Mayberry Investments Limited, we value any role we can play in the development of our young people, and we recognise that sports provide a very productive outlet for them. For this reason, we do what we can to support these initiatives,” she added.

She said tennis is one of several amateur sports her company supports, but this championship has been a significant event for the company, and one that has grown to include players from all across the island.

“We have always been pleased with the level of participation for this tournament, and look forward to the same support this year. I take this opportunity to invite all tennis enthusiasts to come out and see our young players in action,” said the Mayberry executive.

Jengelley added that these juniors may be young, but the quality of play is extremely high, and the matches are very competitive and quality tennis is on display.

Tournament director Llockett McGregor gave his overview, and said the Mayberry Junior Tennis Championships have been developing tennis in Jamaica, and players, over the past five years.

“The championships will be played in categories for boys and girls, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under, 18 and under singles. The winners in each category will also receive points towards their national ranking,” McGregor said.

McGregor added that the players will also be vying for trophies and prizes. “These tournaments foster great incentive to the children, as it encourages them to aim for top rankings in the junior points system.”

John Bailey, president of Tennis Jamaica, said McGregor continues the development of tennis, and is growing. “We would like Jamaica to be the leading country in Caribbean tennis in the near future.”

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