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Anguilla’s embryonic sports tourism drive got a much-desired boost when the 2018 Anguilla Cup tournament opened with an exciting pro exhibition match at the Tennis Academy on Sunday, January 14. The two exhibiting players were leading international tennis professionals: Jessie Flores of Naples, Florida, and Xavier Malissie of Belgium.
The Anguilla Cup was originally scheduled for November 2017, but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The tennis event is the result of a dynamic partnership initiated by the Anguilla Tourist Board with Sports Travel Experts; the International Tennis Federation; the Anguilla Tennis Association; the Anguilla Tennis Academy; and the Department of Sports. The exhibition match was a prelude to the Anguilla Cup Tournament from Monday to Saturday this week. The tournament is part of Sports Travel Experts Caribbean Cup Tennis Series which currently includes Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands and Jamaica. The event has attracted a number of players, coaches, tournament officials and guests to Anguilla from all over the world.
The Hon. Parliamentary Secretary, with responsibility for Tourism, Sports, Youth & Culture, Mr. Cardigan Connor, was among the speakers at the Anguilla Cup exhibition match.
Global field of 70 tennis players converge on Anguilla
BY caribbean news now
January 15, 2018
THE VALLEY, Anguilla — A press conference to announce the official opening of the second annual Anguilla Cup was held at the Anguilla Tennis Academy on Sunday, with representatives from the ministry of tourism, the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), tournament management Sports Travel Experts, the Anguilla National Tennis Association, (ANTA), the Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) and the Department of Sports on hand to express their support for the event, and welcome the participants from around the world.
Junior tennis players from as far away as Norway and Japan have traveled to Anguilla for the Anguilla Cup, taking place this week, with a total of 70 players, accompanied by parents, coaches and tournament officials on the island for this ITF sanctioned tournament, an inspiring testimony to the island’s remarkable recovery from the impact of Hurricane Irma last Fall.
Anguilla welcomes second annual itf junior championship
January 8, 2018
The Valley, Anguilla, January 2, 2018…..The Anguilla Tourist Board is pleased to welcome the second annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championships, which will take place at the Anguilla Tennis Academy from January 13-20, 2018. This tournament is the result of a dynamic partnership initiated by the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) with tournament management Sports Travel Experts, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Anguilla National Tennis Association, (ANTA), the Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) and the Department of Sports.
This tournament, a part of Sport’s Travel Expert’s Caribbean Cup Tennis Series, ensures Anguilla’s place on the circuit, which currently includes Jamaica, Cayman, Barbados and Antigua. Anguilla will once again become the Caribbean’s tennis capital as it welcomes over 200 coaches, players and their families from around the globe, to participate in the 2018 Anguilla Cup.
“The Anguilla Cup aligns perfectly with our strategic decision to develop and promote Sports Tourism as a way of growing our visitor base, expanding our tourism product and empowering our local athletic communities,” said the Hon. Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism.
An Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) delegation led by Founder and President Mr. Mitchelle Lake attended the 2017 Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada. The trip was organized by Mr. Karl Hale, Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup Tournament.
There has been a very successful series of inaugural ITF Junior championships at the Anguilla Tennis Academy last week. The pleasurable but competitive events not only provided a great deal of publicity for the island, but also drew attention to the classy tennis academy at Blowing Point – created by the visionary Mr. Mitch Lake.
The championships attracted players from some 30 regional, extra-regional and international countries. They comprised over 100 juniors and more than 35 seniors plus some 200 other persons including coaches, family members and supporters.
ANGUILLA—Anguilla is hosting the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championships for a week starting on November 12 at the Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA). The Anguilla Tourist Board in partnership with the ATA and the ITF are hosting the event.
Chair of the Tourist Board Donna Banks said, “We are delighted to partner with Karl Hale, CEO of Sports Travel Experts, to bring this important event to the Anguilla Tennis Academy. ATA Founder Mitch Lake has created the ideal venue for staging this event, and he immediately recognized the benefit to both Anguilla and to our local tennis community. He has worked with us to bring the event to fruition, and we appreciate his unqualified support in ensuring that we produce an enjoyable and successful week of tennis.”
The Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) has announced that it has been chosen to host the International Tennis Federation Junior Championships from November 12 – 19. Over 200 persons, including players, coaches and supporters from around the world, will be coming for the tournament. There will be 80 juniors competing, with 50 seniors in an additional event, plus coaches, parents and supporters.
Karl Hale will be...