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Top youngsters to face overseas talent

Photograph by Nicola MuirheadServing up a treat: From left — David Lambert, chairman of the ITF Tournament, David Lang, Bank of Bermuda Foundation managing director, Ricky Mallory, BLTA vice-president and Bermuda tennis director, Michael Wolfe, president of BLTA and Coleridge Place, director of the ITF Tournament, announced the twelfth edition of the ITF Junior Circuit Tournament at the WER Joell Tennis Stadium

The Bank of Bermuda Foundation ITF Junior Circuit Tournament will take place at the WER Joell Tennis Stadium from June 20 to 27.

Numbers will be similar to last year with about 150 youngsters participating from Bermuda, United States, Canada, Britain, India, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Costa Rica.

“We have a large draw which should match or surpass that of last year and will have participants from four or five different continents coming,” Michael Wolfe, the newly elected president of the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association, said.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank David Lang and the Bank of Bermuda Foundation for their continued partnership and also the ITF Tournament committee who have worked tirelessly in preparation for this event.”

The players representing Bermuda in the tournament include William Boyle, Luke Stirling, Tanner Boyle, David Leader and Connor Anderson in the under-18 boys.

Kaylah Ming, Kaylah Harvey and Taylor McHarg will compete in the girls under-18 competition.

The deadline to finalise the under-14s is this weekend. Many of the local players will be in action on the first day on the Saturday in the under-18 qualifying rounds and the opening round-robin matches in the under-14s.

There will be 32 places open for the main draw in the boys and girls, with officials from the International Tennis Federation flying in to run the tournament.

Wolfe added: “Bermuda are going to enter as many juniors as we possibly can who are at the level to compete.

“We’re looking for them to do well. It is an ITF ranking tournament so there will be points available placed on placement in the tournament.”

Tyler Smith, last year’s semi-finalist, who is in junior college in New York, has now passed the eligibility age to compete in the annual tournament.