The Anguilla Cup
ITF ANGUILLA CUP HOSTED AT THE ANGUILLA TENNIS ACADEMY
The inaugural Anguilla Cup, a global ITF junior level 4 tennis championship sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation was fully subscribed, with 100 competitors from around the world participating in the weeklong tennis extravaganza from November 12th through 19th 2016. The Anguillian community was treated to a week of world-class tennis, including a spectacular pro exhibition match with German superstar Phillip Kohlschreiber and American Nicholas Munroe.
Two additional Anguilla Cup level 4 ITF sanctioned tournaments were hosted at the Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) in 2018. On Sunday, January 14th the event kicked off with an exciting pro exhibition match between former ATP tennis pros Jesse Witten, USA and Xavier Malisse, Belgium. On November 8th at the 3rd annual Anguilla Cup, spectators witnessed a high-energy exhibition match between ATP professionals Mark Philippoussis, Australia and Darius King, Barbados. The exhibition matches created an exciting atmosphere and set the tone for each of the week-long tournaments.
The 4th Annual Anguilla Cup commenced at the Anguilla Tennis Academy from November 4 – 9, 2019. This event was sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the Anguilla National Tennis Association, (ANTA), and the Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation (COTECC). This exciting tournament is part of the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series, organized by Sports Travel Experts, and hosted at the Anguillan Tennis Academy.
The ITF upgraded the 4th Anguilla Cup to a Grade 3 event, the first and only event of its kind in the Caribbean. The decision was made based on the recommendation of the ITF Supervisor, who gave a glowing report on the outstanding facilities at the Anguilla Tennis Academy and the smooth organization of the 2018 Anguilla Cup event.
The upgrade enabled the tournament to attract more participants, playing at a higher level, for a bigger and more prestigious event. Anguilla has also been designated as the first Caribbean Cup Training Center for camps, and Sports Travel Experts will begin coordinating world-class coaches to train players in the region at the Anguilla Tennis Academy. Over 70 top male and female juniors from 25 different countries participated in the 4th Annual Anguilla Cup.
Mary Joe Fernandez, former WTA world-ranked #4 player and Olympic gold medalist conducted a FREE tennis clinic for the children on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Many children from the ATA After School Program and interested children from various schools on the island participated in the children’s clinic. The children enjoyed the clinic and were appreciative of the inspiring words she shared with them. Mary Joe also took photos and signed autographs with the participants and praised Mr. Mitchelle Lake, Founder or the ATA for the outstanding work he and his team has done with providing opportunities for children through the sport of tennis.
Please visit our ITF Anguilla Cup photo gallery to view highlights of each event.