The Junior Davis Cup team - Jake Booker, Oskar Bjuroe, Zach Jackson and coach Scott Kidd - returned last weekend from the Pre-Qualifying event which took place in El Salvador from 1st-7th February.
16 countries took part in the tournament and the first round was a round robin consisting of four groups. Cayman were in Group D with No. 3 seed Dominican Republic, No. 8 seed Panama and Curacao.
Cayman defeated Curacao 2-1, however lost to Dominican Republic and Panama, placing them third in their group.
Cayman then went on to play Aruba, Suriname and Bahamas in the play offs; with Cayman eventually coming 15th overall.
Coach Scott commented that once the boys adapted to the high altitude and the fast playing courts, they played competitive and hard-fought matches, with the defeat of Curacao giving Cayman their first ever Junior Davis Cup win.
He said the “atmosphere was great and the tennis facility was well-run. This opportunity allowed our players to see the various levels from across the Caribbean and Central America and to create friendships. It was also very beneficial for the future of competitive tennis in the Cayman Islands.”
Coach Scott added that he was proud to be part of the Junior Davis Cup team and hoped Cayman would be able to compete against next year and win!
The Pre-Qualifying event was ultimately won by Costa Rica who defeated No. 1 seed, and hosts, El Salvador in the final. Costa Rica will now go on to play against the USA, Canada and Mexico in the regional qualifiers.
We hope that this will not be the only time that Cayman is able to compete in the Junior Davis Cup, and that we will able to have a team in not only the Junior Davis Cup next year but in many other team events in the region.
We would like to thank the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee for their support and sponsorship, which enabled Cayman to compete in this regional event.
If you are interested in competing in any of the COTECC or ITF regional team events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a reminder, you must hold a valid Cayman Islands passport in order to represent Cayman in team tennis.