WELCOME TO THE 1ST JAMAICA ITF SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 24-27, 2014
Dear Senior Players:
Welcome to the 1st Jamaica ITF Senior Tennis Championships April 24-27th at the luxurious Tryall Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is with very great honour, pride, and excitement as the Tournament Director that I invite you to participate in this inaugural year. The event will have men and women’s over 35-80 singles and doubles. There is also $9000 CAD in Prize Money *dependent on draw sizes.
My birthplace is Jamaica and my roots are here. I love the country, the people, the food, the music, its history and the beautiful surroundings. In 2006 I founded the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation with committee members Ann Marie Bonner, Sandra Scott, Alene Chen, Carolyn Goulbourne-Warren and Denise Jones. The mission statement is to improve the lives of the next generation of Jamaicans by creating a world-class education system through investment in infrastructure, resource materials and expertise. To date the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation has raised over $539,039.00 which has been used to build 6 schools and help over 4,000 children. A portion of the proceeds from this tournament will go towards building another school and supporting education in Jamaica.
My other passion is tennis! I am currently the Head Tennis Professional at the exclusive Donalda Club in Toronto, Canada and also the Tournament Director for the prestigious Rogers Cup in Toronto, which is the 3rd longest running professional tournament along with Wimbledon and the US Open. It is also the largest one week professional event in the world with over 150,000 attendees including past champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams to name a few. I was a top ranked Canadian player and ATP ranked from 1986 – 1992. I represented Jamaica in the Davis Cup for ten years. When I added the two together, my birthplace and my love for the sport of tennis, this tournament was born.
The setting is the spectacular, The Tryall Club. Set amid 2,200 lush acres, it provides all the ingredients for an exquisite experience. The Tryall Tennis Centre has hosted many tennis events, including its annual Grand Slam Tennis Classic and welcomed many of the world’s great players to its courts; Roy Emerson, Ilie Nastase, Boris Becker, Fred Stolle, Owen Davidson, Sherwood Stewart, and others. You are all adding to the amazing history of this premiere resort by playing in the tournament this year.
The Tryall Club, as well as all the tournament staff will do their very best to ensure you and your accompanying family and friends will enjoy an unforgettable tennis experience in Jamaica. In order to make our planning and organization easier, please register for this tournament online at the ITF http://www.itftennis.com with your IPIN as soon as possible or email email@example.com for further information.
Tournament Director 2014