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Bringing Tennis Back to Virgin Islands!


A staff from the Caribbean Tennis Association visited St. Croix from October 25-26 with the purpose of providing NET GEN workshops to tennis instructors and visiting different facilities and courts to inspect their conditions and programs, with the intention of knowing how to help revitalize the sport of tennis on the island.

The Net Gen workshop was a total success and had the participation of 16 leaders including coaches, physical education teachers and community leaders. Participants of the workshop and the facilities with programs received educational books, balls and rackets adjusted by ages.

Of the ten facilities visited, three of them have established programs.

These are:

-       1. St. Croix Tennis Club, where we had the opportunity to meet and talk with Don de Wilde, the club's instructor. After the hurricane, de Wilde was the one who continued without stopping the tennis programs. They made some repairs after the devastation and are now fully operational


-       2. The Buccaneer with 8 hard courts, 2 of them with lights offer clinics for children and juniors with the Tennis Director -Román Ramírez. The courts are in very good condition. During the visit we also met Gaylee Vanasse, who is the manager of Pro Shop. They are interested in organizing tournaments and other events in their facilities.

-       3. Grounds Stroke Tennis Club has 2 hard courts at the St Croix Educational Complex. Devon Peters, a physical education teacher from the public school near the courts, is the Director of the Tennis Program. The program counted with the participation of more than 30 kids and juniors.



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Other facilities that were visit are: Arthur Richards Jr. High School, Carambola Golf and Country Club, University Virign Islands, Canegata Park, Tamarind Reef Resort and Spa, Grove Place and The Reef. Some of these facilities are in good conditions and are very attended by adults day and night, but some other needs to be repair. We heard from many people with the intention of doing leagues, more tournaments, new programs, and for that reason we are here, doing this workshops offering tools to the development of tennis.

For the visit was present: Humberto Torres, Héctor Cabrera, Rosa Martínez, Kelly Kuipers (VITA) and as part of the Staff: Alejandro Arias, Ricardo Maldonado and Monica Carrasquillo.

We wish and hope to return to the island to continue leading workshops like these. We are happy to have shared with people so dedicated to our sport and committed.


For photos of the visit to St. Croix press Here


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