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The Bahamas in Davis Cup action today in Bolivia

  • HOPEFUL: BLTA President Derron Donaldson is hopeful that The Bahamas will finish in the top two at the Americas Zone Group III Davis Cup Tie currently being played at the Club de Tennis in La Paz, Bolivia. Only the top two nations from this tournament will be promoted to the Americas Zone Group II for 2014. TNG FILE PHOTO

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 17, 2013

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President of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Derron Donaldson is hoping the old saying of “three strikes and you’re out” will work for the Davis Cup team, which is currently playing in the Americas Zone Group III.

This is the third year The Bahamas is playing in the group and Donaldson is hoping that the country finally gets out of it. He said the “three strikes and you’re out” term couldn’t come at a better time than right now. The Bahamas is among the favorites to advance out of the group. The Davis Cup Tie is currently being played at the Club de Tennis in La Paz, Bolivia.

Devin Mullings will play in the number one spot for The Bahamas, Jamaal Adderley is the number two guy, and Marvin Rolle and Kevin Major Jr. are numbers three and four respectively. The team captain is John Farrington. Play is expected to start today.

“Well this is our third time in this group and I am pretty sure we are all familiar with the old saying ‘three strikes and you’re out’. I am just hoping that it works in our favor even though this is not baseball,” said Donaldson. “We expect them to play well, and do their best. It is a strong team. All of the players have seen or competed at high levels, so no one is going into unfamiliar grounds.

“Devin is a strong leader and is playing some pretty good tennis. This is also the case for the other three guys who can dominate the singles. If it does come down to the doubles game, which is basically the decisive match between the two countries playing, I think we will be able to come out victorious.

“All four of the players have paired together before and that is a strength of ours. Having John return as captain is also a plus. He knows each and every one of the players, their strengths and weaknesses, so he is able to put them in the best matches, which they can win. Overall, this is our best chance of advancing, especially now that we are looking at some of the younger players for next year’s tie.”

The Bahamas is among nine nations that will vie for the top two spots. Other countries in the tournament are Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama and Paraguay. The nine countries will play in a round-robin format with the top nations in each pool moving on to the playoffs. The two best countries will then be promoted to the Americas Zone Group II for 2014.

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