Second annual Jamaica ITF Seniors Championship held in Montego Bay
The Karl Hale Jamaica Tour 2015 took place on April 21-26 at Half Moon, A RockResort in Montego Bay. The tour was sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and featured 100 players from Jamaica, France, Britain, Canada, the United States, Cayman Islands and Trinidad and Tobago.
Karl Hale, a Jamaica-born tennis professional and tournament director of Toronto's Rogers Cup, organised the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament which brought 2013 Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli to the island for an exhibition and charity fundraiser in support of building a school in Jamaica. Hale played Bartoli in a Battle of the Sexes exhibition game - a match that Bartoli won.
She also pledged her support to build a brand-new school in Montego Bay in partnership with the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, a Canadian charity established in 2006 by Karl Hale. To date, the foundation has raised more than $775,000, which has helped to build seven schools and help more than 4,000 Jamaican children. Some of the schools which have benefited include Bernard Basic School, Long Hill Basic School, Reliance Basic School, Arlington Basic School, and the Park Mountain Early Childhood Institution.
Plans for a third annual ITF championship in Jamaica are under way with the dates currently slated for April 20-24, 2016.