JN Open Tennis Champs 2016 Launched
The JN Open Tennis Championship will serve off on Saturday, December 3, at the Liguanea Club, with a roster of close to 100 local amateur and professional players who have registered to participate in various categories.
With more than the $500,000 in cash in prizes up for grabs, the championship will boast the biggest tournament payout for the year, with several categories for male and female players; and a top prize of $200,000 for the male singles champion.
Rowland Phillips and Shaneka Knight, Men’s and Women’s singles champions in 2015 will be unable to defend their titles at this year’s renewal.
Speaking at the launch of the championship held at the Liguanea Club in Kingston, on Thursday, December 1, Michael Collins, sales development and training specialist at Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), emphasised that the organisation’s support of the event is part of “JN’s continued support of the development of local sports in Jamaica.”
“We, at Jamaica National, believe in stimulating opportunities that will allow for wholesome and holistic development, whether it is in sports, business or academia,” he noted.
This year’s tournament, which features Men’s and Women’s open events; Men’s Class 2 and 3; as well as, Men’s and Women’s doubles events, will run through to the finals on December 10, at the Liguanea Club. The kiddies tennis clinic which was introduced at the 2015 renewal of the championship will also be returned as part of the event.
“Through the JN School Savers programme, which facilitates savings accounts for children in primary and high schools across Jamaica, 50 students from institutions in Kingston and St Andrew have been selected to participate in the second annual kiddies tennis clinic,” Mr Collins explained.
Llockett McGregor, Tournament Director, said the kiddies clinic, which will be held on Saturday December 3, will be used to introduce tennis to the children in a fun way.
“We have invited all of our top tennis coaches playing in the tournament to come out to introduce the kids to the sport; as many will be total beginners,” he explained.
From this initiative, five students will be selected from the clinic and will go on to receive training at the Liguanea Club for the year, courtesy of Jamaica National.