The game of tennis has deep roots in Bermuda. It was introduced in 1874 by Major Walter C. Wingfield, the very man who invented modern lawn tennis in 1873. The game has changed considerably since those early days but has remained one of the islands’ most popular activities. Today, the development of the sport on the island falls under the purview of the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association, which was founded in 1967 with the support of the Bermuda Government Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation. The BLTA helps introduce tennis to children and promotes the sport through a variety of events for juniors and adults. Junior players can participate in a host of annual local tournaments, the largest of which is the International Tennis Federation’s ITF Junior Circuit Tournament. Sponsored by the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, the tourney allows local junior athletes to compete against top-ranked players from around the world. The marquee event for adults is the Argus Open, in which players battle for position on the local rankings. Other competitions include the W.E.R. Joell Tournament and numerous tourneys held at the Pomander Gate Tennis Club, such as the Members Tournament, Deloitte’s Open and Bacardi Seniors’ Tournament. In addition to its tournaments, the BLTA organises numerous events that keep the Bermy tennis scene alive and well year-round. Amongst these are a tennis ladder, commercial league and winter league for adults, and a Grass Roots Program and Pepperidge Farm Junior Tennis Round Robin Series for juniors. (296-0834, blta.bm)
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