St. John’s Antigua- Like last year, several Antigua & Barbuda junior players will be participating in the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Caribbean region summer tournaments that started earlier this month.
They will compete in a selection of grade 4 and grade 5 tournaments, starting off with The Junkanoo Bowl in The Bahamas that is currently in progress.
United States-based Antiguan Kyle Joseph and Jody Maginley are competing in this tournament which will come to a close today.
Both players failed to make the cut in the singles qualifying matches, but they both moved on to contest the doubles competition in which Joseph and his doubles partner Shaquille Taylor of The Bahamas have advanced to the quarter-finals.
Joseph and Maginley will then move on to the TIHTA Aruba tournament, where they will be joined by home-based Antiguans Noah Peters and D’Jeri Raymond who left Antigua on Friday.
These juniors will have an active summer, as they will also be competing in the ITF juniors in Jamaica, Copa Merengue in Dominican Republic, Coca Cola ITF juniors in St Lucia, SVG ITF juniors and Tobago’s ITF junior tournament.
This is an opportunity for the Antigua & Barbuda Under-14 and Under-18 juniors to earn both COTECC (Confederation of Tennis in Central America & the Caribbean) and ITF ranking points.
It will also be a great opportunity for the Antiguans to test their skills against players from all over the globe who will be competing on the Caribbean junior circuit in their quest to earn ranking points.