L-R: Mitch Lake, Founder, Anguilla Tennis Academy; Karl Hale, Tournament Director, Sports Travel Experts; The Hon Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary; Xavier Malisse, ATP #19, Grand Slam Winner; Shellya Webster, Corporate Manager, Anguilla Tourist Board; Jesse Flores, University of Miami All-Star; Andre Collins, Director of Sports; Val Banks, President, Anguilla National Tennis Association

The second annual Anguilla Cup got underway with qualifying matches from Monday, January 15 through Wednesday, January 17. The quarterfinals were held yesterday Thursday, January 18; and today Friday January 19, will be the semi-finals.

On Saturday, January 20 will the Boys and Girls Finals, followed by presentations being made courtside at the conclusion of the matches.

Earlier on Sunday January 14, 2018, a press briefing was held at the Anguilla Tennis Academy, 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.

“The value of this tournament week goes beyond the new visitors it brings to our island, the promotional exposure for our destination, and the pleasure we all share in enjoying world-class tennis,” said Cardigan Connor, parliamentary secretary. “It also benefits our local athletes and sports communities, as our local youngsters will compete against an international field, gaining invaluable experience and confidence in their game. The event represents the largest group movement to the island since Irma, and it is invaluable in signaling to the world that Anguilla is back in business, and ready to welcome our guests.”

Following the press briefing, a pro exhibition match featuring former Grand Slam Winner Xavier Malisse and University of Miami all-star Jesse Flores, was held.