|The Bahamas to remain in the Americas Zone Group III|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 25, 2012
The Bahamas will remain in the Americas Zone Group III after falling to Haiti, on Saturday, at the Davis Cup Tie in Trinidad and Tobago.
Team Bahamas advanced to the playoffs as the number one country, coming out of Pool ‘B’.
A win over Costa Rica, on Friday, lined Marvin Rolle, Rodney Carey, Phillip Major Jr. and Jody Turnquest up against Haiti, the number two country from Pool ‘A’. Costa Rica was the second place team from Pool ‘B’ and Guatemala was the top country in Pool ‘A’. The Bahamas was captained by Dentry Mortimer.
Only two matches were needed to stop The Bahamas’ hopes of advancing out of the group for 2013. The first match in the series against Haiti, at the Shaw Park Tennis facility, Gonzales Austin of Haiti, as he defeated Carey, 6-3 and 6-0. Rolle tried to keep the hopes for The Bahamas alive, when he took to the court against Olivier Sajous. That match ended 6-1 and 7-5, in favor of Haiti. There was no need to play the doubles match after The Bahamas dropped both single matches. Haiti won, 2-0.
Julen Uriguen and Christopher Diaz-Figueroa gave Guatemala the edge over Costa Rica. The first match in singles was won by Uriguen, of Guatemala. He defeated Pablo Nunez, 6-3 and 6-1. Diaz-Figueroa, who played as the number one player for Guatemala, made sure that they didn’t play the doubles match when he secured a 6-2 and 6-1 win over Ignaci Roca.
Guatemala and Haiti were the two countries to advance into Group II for 2013. The other countries, inclusive of The Bahamas, Jamaica, Panama, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Honduras, Aruba and host country Trinidad and Tobago, will remain in Group III.
“No, I am not disappointed because when you look at the team, and the team’s experience along with the captain, I think they did exceptionally well,” said Derron Donaldson, president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA). “They finished number one in their pool of teams. Unfortunately, when they crossed over they were not successful, but they finished in the top four. That is an amazing accomplishment.
“Next year, I look forward to bigger and brighter things from the Davis Cup team. I really like our chances. We were close, but couldn’t seal the wins needed to take us to the next step or level. Basically, Marvin was the only one on the team with Davis Cup experience. He played the most matches and ties before. I am very proud of the other guys who played. My hat goes off to them. They didn’t shock me, but I am sure they shocked a lot of other people out there.”
The shocking win over Costa Rica, on Friday, started with Carey who got off to a good start. He pulled through a three-set battle with Nunez, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3. The top singles player for The Bahamas, Rolle, then gave the team a two-match lead with a 6-1 and 6-2 win over Roca. The deal was sealed with a 6-0 and 6-2 doubles win over Nunez and Roca. The win marked the second time, in head-to-head competition, The Bahamas defeated Costa Rica.
In other tennis news, the annual Junkanoo Bowl tournament swung into action on Friday at the BLTA’s National Tennis Centre. The grade four tournament is sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) as well as the BLTA and features junior ranked players from around the world.
Competition in the main draw will start today. The tournament will run for a week.