Coral Beach & Tennis Club (CBC) is set to host a major tournament in April next year, that could bring hundreds of tennis players to the island to participate in the first National Championships held outside the US by the US Tennis Association (USTA).

The 2018 Bermuda Breeze Tennis Championships is a USTA Adult National Category II Tennis Championship tournament is designed for players over the age of 40 playing in five age groups, to be held at CBC from April 11 to April 15, 2018.

Top local players are also expected to take part on the club’s famed clay courts.

CBC General Manager Nik Bhola said: “Coral Beach is honoured to have been chosen as host of the tournament, which is the first National Championships to be held outside that US by the USTA.

“Coral Beach has invested heavily in its facility and is networking with tennis leaders around the world to be in a position to stage events such as this and we look forward to an amazing spectacle in 2018.

CBC Sports Director Patrick Singleton said: “Following on from the America’s Cup, the ITU World Triathlon event and other top international sporting events staged in Bermuda, this tournament shows that Bermuda is a top destination of choice for event organisers.

“Sports Tourism is playing an important role in Bermuda’s economy. We have worked hard to strengthen our relationships with the USTA and the ITF. We aim to develop more international tournaments for Bermuda. We are working with other clubs such as Tucker’s Point and the BTA to make this a reality.”

CBC has a long and rich tradition of hosting elite tournaments such as the XL Tennis Open. The club is striving to bring this level of tournament back to Bermuda and the USTA Adult National Category II Tennis Championships is a big first step.