Davis Cup team named to represent The Bahamas
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: May 24, 2013
A four-member team selected to play at the next Davis Cup Tie for The Bahamas will have their work cut out for them, as they try to elevate the country into the Americas Group II.
Devin Mullings, Jamaal Adderley, Timothy Neilly and Marvin Rolle, with John Farrington as team captain, will represent the country at the next tie. The quartet was ratified by the executive members in the governing body for the sport here in The Bahamas, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), after consultation with Farrington. The next Davis Cup Tie will be played June 17-22, at the Club de Tennis in La Paz, Bolivia.
The Bahamas is among nine nations that will vie for the top two spots. Other countries competing will be Bermuda, host country Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama and Paraguay. The nine countries will play in a round-robin format with top nation in each pool moving on to the playoffs. The two best countries will then be promoted to the Americas Zone Group II for 2014.
“The Bahamas stands a great chance, looking at the players selected to compete in the Davis Cup Tie,” said secretary general in the BLTA, Ricardo Demeritte. “The team was picked by the coach and ratified by the BLTA board a few days ago. Two of the players, Jamaal Adderley and Timothy Neilly, have stepped up and are really dominating. They are showing promise to being selected the number one and number two players.”
They are both coming off injuries and are playing exceptionally well, this according to Farrington.
“This is a positive sign for the team and the players who are now training privately for the tie. This is a strong team and the remarkable thing about it is we can pair any two together and they can dominate in doubles as well as singles.”
The BLTA invited six of the top players out to a week-long training camp, held last month. Joining the quartet were Philip Major Jr. and Kevin Major Jr. All six players also competed in the first Giorgio Baldacci Christmas Invitational, held in December. Mullings came out victorious in the event. He, along with Neilly, will continue training at their private academies in the United States of America (USA) while Rolle and Adderley are training together. Demeritte said it is very unlikely that the players will get together before the tie, but the executive members are trying their best to host another training session ahead of the tie.
The BLTA has also released the names of the six female athletes invited to a week-long training session, ahead of the Fed Cup Tie, set to take place July 17-20 in Santa Tecia, El Salvador. Other teams playing in the Americas Group II Tie are Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, host country El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.
Invitations were extended to Larikah Russell, Nikkita Fountain, Kerrie Cartwright, Danielle Thompson, Simone Pratt and Chelsi Russell. The tentative start for the training session is June 17. The venue and captain will be announced at a later date.
In other tennis news, Nagid Walle won the under-16 boys’ title at the Brajaxba Age Group Tournament held over the holiday weekend. Walle defeated Mitchell Blacquiere. Winning the mini-tennis Group I final was Ben Dupuch, and Jordan Chetham won the Group II final. Vandera Knowles took the Group III title. Emma Weech defeated Isha Raman for the girls’ 10s title, and Daniel Clivio won over Angelo Wise in the boys’ division. The under-14 titles for boys and girls were collected by Jacobi Bain and Mandisa Walle.