Stock brokerage firm Mayberry Investments Limited (MIL) will once again serve as a headline sponsor of the Open Junior Tennis Championship.
Mayberry, with its 11 years of dedication to the competition, said it was fired up for this year’s hosting to be a success following its two-year absence owing to the pandemic.
Now, in its ninth staging, the two-day event is scheduled for today (November 19) and tomorrow (November 20) at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.
The event will see approximately 54 players in the competition, both boys and girls in the age groups of 12, 14, 16, and 18 and under, who will compete for awards. Each category’s winners will get trophies as well as points that count toward their overall national ranking.
Stephanie Harrison, assistant vice president of marketing at Mayberry Investments Limited, asserted the benefits of the tournament.
“The youngsters are given significant incentives by participating in these competitions, which motivates them to strive for the highest rankings in the junior points system. Also, aspiring junior tennis players will have the chance to hone their talents if they want to compete in international events, and this is a great deal for them. We tend to start with the children because, as cliche as it sounds, they are the future. The success stories we are creating make us incredibly happy,” Harrison said.
Tournament Director Llockett McGregor noted that it also serves as a good warm-up for junior tennis players in general.
“The level of participation expected will lend credence to the growing level of support in Jamaica at the junior level and will address the overall aim of boosting the level of play in the sport,” McGregor said.
He added: “We are looking forward to the rebuilding stage. There will be lots of first-time talents, and we’re looking forward to seeing their progress. This tournament is crucial because there are players who have come up through tournaments like these, where they build on their points and go on to represent their country. What gives me joy is seeing those kids from the first tournament boasting their scholarships, playing in bigger tournaments, and representing our country.”
Janice Carby, head of sales and marketing at the Liguanea Club, was pleased with the club’s involvement in the tournament.
“We have been honoured to be the home of these athletes, and we look forward to having them year after year. It is an amazing feeling to watch the players grow and develop their skills and confidence. Seeing them go on to participate in bigger competitions and be awarded scholarships is a very proud moment for us.”
In 2011, Mayberry Investments Limited became a member of the junior tennis community when it first sponsored the now-inaugural Mayberry Investments Limited Open Junior Tennis Championship as part of the Junior Tennis Series.
Harrison vouched that “Mayberry has always invested heavily in sports island wide, even those that are not very popular across the island. We believe that tennis continues to trend positively in Jamaica. Therefore, we will remain dedicated to doing all we can to develop the sport and the next generation of players who will contribute to the development of our nation and the tennis industry”.
McGregor, in acknowledgment of Mayberry’s unfaltering support, said: “We have no doubts about Mayberry. They are always behind the development of the sport, and we look forward to working with them every year.”
Carby added to the acknowledgement by saying: “We are eternally grateful to the team at Mayberry for always being here, supporting these amazing talents, and being a part of their growth. We look forward to many years to come.”