After four highly successful events in The 2018 Winterbotham IC Junior Series, the “Play-Off Finals” are to take place at The National Tennis Centre this coming Saturday 15th December. Earning places in the “playoff finals” are the top four players in each category from the events at Albany Tennis Academy, The National Tennis Centre, Baha Mar Racquet Centre and Freeport YMCA. The Boys 12 & under are Michael Major, Jackson Mactaggart, Jerald Carroll, and Khai Rees. The Girls 12 & under: Sierra Rogers, Saphire Ferguson, Maddison Bowleg and Jalisa Clarke. For the younger 10 & under Boys: Patrick Mactaggart, Patrick Mackey, Miguel Smith, and Nevon Bethel. For the Girls: BreAnn Ferguson, Rachel Thomson, Millie Beukes and either Bryanne Colebrook or Giorgia Mills. IC Member and recent Sports Award recipient Mickey Williams will be the referee.
The Winterbotham IC Junior Series is designed to help The Bahamas develop a group of talented young players who can work and compete together as friends to improve all their games. For this a weekend Round Robin Saturday format has been used with subsequent playoffs between all opposite numbers in each group on Sunday. This way there is no elimination and all juniors get several matches for maximum experience and enjoyment. Coaches and parents are asked not to get involved during the IC Junior Series matches but to be supportive of all the young players as they gain early tournament experience. This is in the IC spirit of sportsmanship and its motto of “Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean”. Lead
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IC President Kit Spencer who organises another major international IC event The IC Worldwide Junior Challenge that is held on each continent for 16 & under National Teams has announced that in 2019 the name of tennis legend Rod Laver will be added to this event. This gives further prestige and awareness to this already exciting event. He also announced that The Bahamas will host the North American Regional Challenge in December 2019. Kit said the Winterbotham IC Junior Series is a great development group for this international event as they grow older. Hopefully many will go on to gain Tennis Scholarships to USA Colleges and some to our National Fed Cup and Davis Cup teams. At the last North American International IC Junior Challenge The Bahamas beat Mexico to come second to the USA at the event held in Mexico City. The USA has recently gone on to win the Worldwide Finals in Tokyo at which the winning teams from each continent take part with many of the juniors ranked in the World top 200. The IC organisation is delighted at the way Bahamian Juniors have taken to this specially designed Winterbotham Series for players in the important development groups of under 10’s and 12’s. It thanks Winterbotham Trust Company and its President Ivan Hooper for its sponsorship that makes this possible. Also thanked are all the four venues who have provided their facilities and worked together with The Bahamas IC to make each event popular with the juniors giving then experiences at different tennis sites.