BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE St. Kitts-Nevis Tennis Association has launched its inaugural international tournament slated to be played in the Federation from November 23-30.
The International Liamuiga Oualie J5 Tournament is an International Tennis Federation-sanctioned event that will see 96 players from around the world descending on Warner Park for the one-week extravaganza.
Watkins Chiverton, President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Tennis Association, pointedly stated that the staging of the international event forms part of the Association’s mantra of youth development.
He emphasised that fact by highlighting that 2019 is the year they are pushing youth development in the sport.
President Chiverton noted that the SKNTA achieved the tournament rights shortly after applying in November last year.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Tom Buchanan said the Government is happy to partner with the staging of the tournament because of the efforts to return tennis to being one of the top disciplines in the Federation.
The PS pointed to sports diversification as an initiative that the Ministry is pushing.
“When I speak of sports diversification, I speak of sports the people can play,” he said, while pointing out that there are sports that some persons feel comfortable playing and others are not.