Brilliant year-round weather is always conducive to improving any sporting event, especially one like tennis. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the Caribbean has become and continues to be a go-to destination for sports enthusiasts across the globe. In the Cayman Islands, events like the annual Tennis Legends at Camana Bay showcase brings tennis stars to Grand Cayman for an electric evening of singles and doubles matches. Slated for February 9th, this year’s lineup includes Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg and current US Open champion, Sloane Stephens.
Outside of tournaments and competition, tennis is also a great recreational activity, one that’s teamed up with plenty of wellness and social influencers. Rob Seward is the tournament director and club manager for the Cayman Islands Tennis Club. The club, which currently has about 450 members, is located in Grand Cayman, and amongst touring and tournaments, offers junior and adult classes, summer camps and cardio classes. The facilities are open to both members and visitors to the Island.
“We have people here in their 80s that are still playing. Then of course, we have the little tiny tots,” remarks Seward on the beauty of the multi-generational love for the game. “You have all the little kids, the big kids and then the more experienced kids that are able to come out and play with whoever they want to play with. It’s just a very social sport, and it’s also fantastic for your health.”
Indeed it is, with a wide range of health benefits that include lowered blood pressure and increased muscle tone and flexibility. In addition to that, the solo nature of singles matches strengthens focus and cognitive skills, whilst the community atmosphere of the sport as a whole offers its own range of soulful benefits.
Author: Jessie Gilmartin