The Bahamas in a good position at Davis Cup Tie
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 21, 2013
The matches against Honduras for Team Bahamas yesterday were very critical, as the result could have determined the country’s position in Pool ‘B’, at the Davis Cup Tie currently ongoing in La Paz, Bolivia.
The Bahamas could clinch one of the top two spots in their pool at the Americas Zone Group III event with a shut out of Honduras, winning all three matches, and a loss by Panama against Costa Rica. The Bahamian team of Devin Mullings, Jamaal Adderley, Kevin Major Jr. and Marvin Rolle squared off against Honduras while Panama and Costa Rica faced off late yesterday. The results for both matches were unavailable up to press time.
Both The Bahamas and Panama had already won five matches up to yesterday’s play. However, Panama had three losses while Team Bahamas had just one. The sole loss for Team Bahamas came in the head-to-head meeting against Panama. The Bahamas prevailed 2-1 on Tuesday, and they returned the next day to win all three matches against Bermuda.
Mullings got the first win over Gavin Manders, 7-5 and 6-0, while Major took on Na’iam Azhar, defeating him 6-4 and 6-2. In the doubles, Adderley and Rolle took on Jenson Bascome and Phillip Cooper, beating them 7-6(2) and 6-3.
That same day, Honduras fell to Panama, 1-2. The lone win for Honduras was captured by Ricardo Pineda, 3-6, 6-1 and 6-3, over Luis Garcia. Walner Espinoza defeated Alejandro Obando, 3-6, 7-5 and 1-6. He then teamed up with John Silva and handed the duo of Pineda and Keny Turcios a 6-2, 1-6 and 4-6 loss. Honduras and Costa Rica had three wins and two losses each, while Bermuda picked up two wins and dropped five.
President of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Derron Donaldson said this is the first time in a very long time The Bahamas sits in a position to move out of the pool as the number one seed. He said this is a good sign of great things to come.
“I must take my hat off to the team which had to first adjust to the altitude and the new changes or switches made by John, the captain,” said Donaldson yesterday. “The altitude in Bolivia is way above sea level. I think at one point one of our players needed an oxygen tank to assist with his breathing late one night. Right now, the altitude is their biggest concern, but they are overcoming that slowly but surely.
“They are also adjusting well to what John is doing. Davis Cup ties are all about match-ups, so their success is based on how they’re being matched up right now. Devin won the tournament here in December, which technically, made him the number one player, but John is playing Kevin as the number one player, as far as I can see. Jamaal and Marvin are tough to beat in the doubles so they make a good team. It all comes down to the coaching and the chemistry, but you can see that they want it and want to get out of this zone.”
The chances of getting out of the Americas Zone III will increase if the team is able to pick up the first spot in the pool, this according to Donaldson. As of now, Bolivia leads Pool ‘A’ followed by Jamaica and Cuba. If they had to choose, Donaldson said he would prefer playing the Jamaican squad instead of the hometown favorite Bolivia.
He said: “It is important for us to get the number one spot, a lot is actually riding on that. I don’t want to put any pressure on the team, but it will be a lot easier if we do. If we get the number two spot that will put us up against Bolivia in the switch in the promotion playoffs. That will be a tough and rough task for us. One, Bolivia is playing at home so they are accustomed to the environment. We aren’t, and two, they are a pretty good team. If we get Jamaica, that will be much easier since we both will have to adjust.”
The Bahamas will play Costa Rica today while Panama watches from the stands. Jamaica played Paraguay yesterday and Bolivia took on Cuba.