The KIG JEEP Junior and Mentor Doubles Tennis Classic is scheduled to serve off on Saturday at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, at 9 a.m.The Junior and Mentor programme is the brainchild of Llockett McGregor and is part of his mandate to invest in junior players on multiple levels.The concept, which began six years ago, was forged because of the apparent disconnect between juniors, seniors, and past players.Judith Denton, sales and marketing manager at KIG JEEP, said that they got involved in sponsoring the event because of the intent behind the tournament.”Kingston Industrial Garage is very pleased to be associated with an event that encourages ‘giving back’ and which has the potential for positive, lasting effects on the development of young tennis players in Jamaica,” said Denton.This unique tournament features amateur players (21 and over), partnered with young players on the junior tennis circuit, enjoying competitive action on the courts.The adult amateurs are meant to form a bond with their junior partners and will, hopefully, follow their progress on and off the courts, offer encouragement, advice, and continued moral support.”Adult amateurs select a junior’s name and they’re teamed with them as doubles partners. The mentors are expected to continue in the juniors’ lives, whether it’s on court or off court, providing moral support and encouragement,” McGregor said.Amateurs and juniors alike are invited to sign up to participate, by today, through their respective clubs’ notice boards, Tennis Jamaica, or directly with McGregor at the Liguanea Club.As part of its sponsorship arrangement, an extensive range of KIG’s Jeep vehicles will be shown at the event, and participants, patrons, and members of the Liguanea Club are invited to see and experience the brand at leisure.Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up following the conclusion of finals on Saturday.
Darren Anderton has poured cold water on the idea that Tottenham can secure Champions League football this season and believes they will only end up sixth.Spurs finished in the same position last year in the Premier League, but there is a belief under new boss Mauricio Pochettino they can improve on that this time round.However, former Tottenham star Anderton believes the top four will prove beyond the north London club once again.“I think they will probably finish sixth. I just think the top four will probably be the same,” he told the Sports Bar.“I think it’s difficult to break into that and of course, [Manchester] United have got to do better this year. So I think they will probably get into the top five.“I don’t think that’s a bad thing, it’s just not easy to break into there. We had a couple of years when we were in there but we’ve fallen away the last couple of years. Last year was a bit disappointing.”Unlike many clubs, Tottenham have not been very active this summer, only adding three players in the shape of defenders Ben Davies and Eric Dier, plus goalkeeper Michel Vorm.But while Pochettino has claimed he is happy with his “unbelievable” squad, Anderton reckons they are in need of adding some more exciting players if they want to improve this season.Anderton added: “The signings haven’t set the world alight in terms of excitement for us but we’ll see what happens in the next couple of the weeks,”“I don’t think it will be acceptable for Spurs fans [not finishing in the top four] but I think it will be acceptable for the squad that they have got at the moment.” .