Bjorn Munroe Championships set

FROM LEFT Jacobi Bain and Kofi Bowe

The Bjorn Munroe Grand Bahama Junior Tennis Championships is one of the fast-growing summer sporting tournaments on the island.

Now, in its sophomore year, the junior tournament, hosted by one of the country’s most successful athletes, will see one of its goals accomplished. 

Grand Bahama’s rising stars in tennis will have the opportunity to build upon their young résumés this Labour Day weekend, June 7 - 9.

In a press release issued by organizers of the tournament, Founder/Director Bjorn Munroe expressed happiness to announce that a few of Grand Bahama’s top juniors will be among this weekend’s competitors.

“We are pleased to announce International Tennis Federation (ITF) ranked number 803 Jacobi Bain; 15-year old Kofi Bowe, who is the number seven seed; and Bishop Michael Eldon School’s Michael Reckley; just to name a few, are participating in this year’s championships.

“As aforementioned Bain is ranked 803 by the ITF. In 2018 Bain was a finalist in the Eddie Herr Under-16 boys’ Singles Tournament. In 2019, Bain was also a finalist in the Goombay Splash ITF J5 Singles Tournament. And in 2019 Bain became a JITIC Under 16 singles and doubles champion. He will compete in both the singles and doubles categories.

“As for Bowe, he is ranked number one among Under-16 boys in Bahamas Lawn and Tennis Association (BLTA) rankings and holds a number two rank in the boys’ Under-18 Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) ranking. In April, Bowe won the doubles category at the West Palm Beach Gardens “Welcome Back” Tournament in the Under 16 division. Bowe’s partner was Trey Hardersen of Jupiter, Florida. They defeated the Dussault brothers, Maximus and Tristan of Leesburg, Virginia.”

The release also pointed out that the aspect of having male and female players out of West Palm Beach, Florida visit to compete against the local talent should bode well to forge long lasting friendships.

“Technique and drive are the corner stone of the championships. However, the social aspect is the main ingredient of the Bjorn Munore Grand Bahama Junior Tennis Championships. Building friendships is the key factor of why players from the West Palm Beach area are a part of the championships.

“The goal of bringing young players from South Florida to The Bahamas, to introduce them to their peers who are playing the sport and looking to foster new friendships that will last a lifetime, is the catalyst of the championships.

“In keeping with our mission to introduce tennis enthusiasts to The Bahamas and in particular Grand Bahama Island, we have added a new components featuring female doubles (competitors) over the tender age of 35. 

“These participants are from the West Palm Beach area and are thrilled with the opportunity to visit The Bahamas and also play in the championships in their age category.

“It’s going to be some exciting tennis action and we encourage everyone to come out and support our young tennis rising stars on June 7-9 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m,” the release concluded.

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