Trinidad and Tobago will host the JITIC U18 Regional Championships to be staged at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua from 17 to 24 June. This is the highest ranked junior tennis event to be staged in Trinidad and Tobago and this is undoubtedly due to the improved range and quality of sporting facilities.
Commenting on the presentation of government support for the event, the Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport & Youth Affairs noted with pride that Trinidad and Tobago was again able to successfully bid for a major international tournament. "In the past six months, we've had cycling, hockey, aquatics in the coming days, cricket in a matter of months, and now tennis. I am pleased at the high level of tournaments we have been able to attract, placing our athletes and sports event management resources on display for the public. Our sports tourism thrust, using these facilities is beginning to bear fruit and I'm excited about the direction we are heading. The mega facilities in Couva and Tacarigua are reaping rewards for the athletes, governing bodies and the sport-loving public in Trinidad and Tobago. "
Equally pleased was Tennis Association President Hayden Mitchell who added that the governing body is poised to make Trinidad & Tobago a regional hub for tennis. "Trinidad and Tobago welcomes the best U18 tennis players from the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico for an ITF Grade III tournament. With our local athletes having the opportunity to play against stellar opposition, we see this year's JITIC as a major step towards our goal of having a top 150 ranked player from Trinidad and Tobago by 2026."
Minister Smith presented the Tennis Association this week with support in the amount of $306,000 towards the hosting of the tournament. The public is also encouraged to come out to see the best of the region's junior tennis, right in our back yard.