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Roberts falls in the third round in Daytona Beach

  • Justin Roberts lost in the third round of the Daytona Beach Tournament this past weekend. He fell to Alp Horoz, of Turkey, in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 06, 2013

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Justin Roberts is moving on to the Plantation Tournament, after suffering a third round loss at the Daytona Beach Tournament, on Saturday.

Roberts and fellow Bahamian Kevin Major Jr. were the flag bearers for The Bahamas at the grade four tournament, played in Daytona Beach, Florida. Major Jr., the 11th seed, fell in the first round to Stephen Madonia, 4-6, 6-2 and 7-5. Roberts got things started against American Stephen Watson who he eliminated, 6-3 and 7-6(2). He moved on and defeated Will Adkisson, 6-3 and 6-0, before Alp Horoz of Turkey eliminated him. Horoz won, 6-3 and 6-2.

Major and Roberts teamed up to play Grayson Broadus and Jonah Kral in the first round of doubles. The Bahamian duo won, 6-4 and 6-1. In the second round, Roberts and Major Jr. faced-off against American Daniel Maese and Pedro Platzeck Cavalcante of Brazil. They were able to defeat Maese and Platzeck Cavalcante but lost to Tommy Paul and Aron Pierce, 4-6, 6-3 (10-2). Roberts and Major Jr. were the number five seeds in this division.

As of now, Roberts is ranked 706th in the world and Major Jr. is slated at number 539. Shaquille Taylor sits at number 403. He will be playing in the Plantation Tournament, along with Phillip Major Jr., Roberts and Rasheed Carey, who is number 738 in the world. The official draw for the Plantation Tournament will be released today, just before play swings into action. The grade four tournament will be played at the Frank Veltri Tennis Centre, in Plantation, Fort Lauderdale.

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