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Duo to represent Bermuda at under-14 tournament in Mexico

National coach Steve Bean with under-14 players Tobiah Goodchild and Tristan Pettit (Photograph courtesy of Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association)

Bermuda’s youngsters will have their work cut for them competing at the JITIC Under-14 Tournament in Cancún, Mexico.

Tobiah Goodchild and Tristan Pettit will come up against some of the best players from the Caribbean and Central America at the event to be held at the Cancún Tennis Complex from tomorrow through July 29.

They will be accompanied by Steve Bean, the national coach, who says the experience the pair gain will be “well worth” the effort and time they have invested in preparation for the event.

“The JITIC event is like the grand slam of the Caribbean and Central American region, of all the tournaments that they have from the various islands,” he said in a Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association press release.

“This is kind of like the amalgamation of those tournaments. That means that all the best players around the Caribbean and Central American area most likely will be at this event. You've got girls and boys, so there's going to be a lot of people there.”

Bean added: “Tristan and Tobiah are in the first year of the under-14s so when you meet up against the second-year players, it is often you find boys are a little bigger and stronger than you.

“Our two boys are very skilful and among the best on the island, and I imagine that their level is going to be somewhere around the middle of the pack.

“They are going to be better than some and not as good as others. But the experience that they're going to gain from playing in this event is going to be well worth the effort that they put into all of this.

“Hopefully the intention is and the expectation is that we play well enough in our group that we can get into the main draw.”

Goodchild and Pettit will play their opening singles matches on Saturday.

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Published July 22, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated July 22, 2022 at 2:13 am)

Duo to represent Bermuda at under-14 tournament in Mexico

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