Emilio Sanchez Vicario and Feliciano Lopez announced on Tuesday the creation of the 2018 Casper Tour, a series of junior tennis events being held to honour the life of Casper Fernandez, a student at Academia Sánchez-Casal in Florida who passed away last July after a battle against bone cancer at the age of 16.
“The Casper Tour is a tour born from tragedy. Casper was a tennis player who was trying to follow his dream of becoming a champion,” Sanchez Vicario said. “He showed so much courage. In the first moments, he was angry. But then he realised he wanted to help and he wanted to give back. So he convinced his father and me and everyone to try to put something together to help others.”
And from that, the 2018 Casper Tour was born. Players ages nine through 14 will be able to compete in the tournaments, with draws for each year, which are meant to maximise the amount of time juniors get on the court in a competitive environment, rather than forcing them to play against kids older than them. The events are set to take place in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Marbella and Valencia), the United States (New York, Atlanta, Miami and Naples) and China.
(Courtesy & Credit ATP World Tour)