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.
25 25 Kazan Arena, Kazan 45,000 capacity – June 16: France v Australia (Group C) June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B) June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F) 25 25 25 25 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod 45,000 capacity – June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F) June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D) June 24: England v Panama (Group G) June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E) Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg Stadium), Saint Petersburg 68,000 capacity – The game will be held at the Saint Petersburg Stadium 25 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi 48,000 capacity – Opened in 2013, the Fisht was originally constructed as the main venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It has now undergone slight renovations to add extra seating and modify the roof in order to ensure it is fit for purpose in 2018. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow 81,000 capacity – June 14: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Group A) June 17: Germany v Mexico (Group F) June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B) June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 25 25 Volgograd Arena, Volgograd 45,000 capacity – Englands first match of the tournament (against Tunisia) will be played at the Volgograd, the new home stadium of FC Rotor. Only opened in April, the old Central Stadium was replaced with this stunning new arena, emphasised by its beautiful roof design. 25 25 25 Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg 36,000 capacity – The Ekaterinburg Arena will host Mexico vs Sweden 25 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad 35,000 capacity – The Kaliningrad Stadium will host Englands final, and perhaps most crucial, group game against Belgium. The venue was opened in early 2018 and will become home to Baltika Kaliningrad after the World Cup. 25 Mordovia Arena, Saransk 45,000 capacity – June 16: Peru v Denmark (Group C) June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H) June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B) June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G) Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod 45,000 capacity – The Nizhny Novgorod will play host to Englands second match of the 2018 World Cup (against Panama) and be home to Olympiets Nizhny Novgorod after the tournament. Pillars lining the outside of the venue make for an impressive, standout design. Cosmos Arena (Samara Arena), Samara 45,000 capacity – As mentioned below, the Cosmos Arena will be the last completed for the 2018 World Cup as construction only began in mid-2014. The venue will become home to Krylya Sovetov after the tournament, with a design is based on a space theme relating to the regions aerospace sector. 25 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad 35,000 capacity – June 16: Croatia v Nigeria (Group D) June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E) June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B) June 28: England v Belgium (Group G) Volgograd Arena, Volgograd 45,000 capacity – June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G) June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D) June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A) June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H) Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don 45,000 capacity – June 17: Brazil v Switzerland (Group E) June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A) June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F) June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D) Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don 45,000 capacity – Recently opened in April, the Rostov Arena is now home to FC Rostov as well as being a 2018 World Cup venue. It was initially supposed to be designed with a meandering river-shaped roof, though that idea was halted as a result of rising costs. Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi 48,000 capacity – The Fisht Stadium will host Germany v Sweden Kazan Arena, Kazan 45,000 capacity – The Kazan Arena has hosted Rubin Kazans home matches since its opening in 2013 and was designed by the same architects behind Wembley and the Emirates Stadium. The HD screen on the outside is something to behold on approach to the venue. 25 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow 81,000 capacity – The Luzhniki Stadium will host the World Cup final 25 25 25 Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg 36,000 capacity – The bizarre renovated design of the Ekaterinburg Arena will have two temporary stands behind each goal, which extend out from the main stadium. The ground was originally opened in 1953, but reworked so it could host World Cup games before becoming home to FC Ural again. 25 Otkritie Arena (Spartak Stadium), Moscow 45,000 capacity – The Otkritie was built to be both a 2018 World Cup stadium and Spartak Moscows first permanent home. Moscows second World Cup arena was opened in 2014 and features a monumental statue of the gladiator Spartacus outside. 25 25 25 Otkritie Arena (Spartak Stadium), Moscow 45,000 capacity – The Spartak Stadium will host England v Colombia Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg Stadium), Saint Petersburg 68,000 capacity – The Krestovsky was finally completed in 2017 after originally being targeted for a 2009 opening. Zenits new home will remain in use after the 2018 World Cup and features a spectacular design reminiscent of a UFO. Mordovia Arena, Saransk 45,000 capacity – Reminiscent of the 2010 Soccer City World Cup stadium in South Africa, the Mordovia Arena has a striking orange and white exterior. The venue was opened in May and will become home to local side FC Mordovia after the tournament. It will host the opening ceremony on Thursday, which will include our very own Robbie Williams, and the opening game.However, there are plenty of newer, more modern designs that will see action in this summers tournament.Scroll through the images below for our guide on all the 2018 World Cup stadium… It’s World Cup day!The tournament we’ve been waiting forever for (well, four years) kicks off today, with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia.This years centrepiece stadium will be Moscows 81,000 capacity Luzhniki, which has been around since the 1950s. 25 25 Cosmos Arena (Samara Arena), Samara 45,000 capacity – The game will be hosted at the Samara Arena