The Bahamas fails to advance out of the Americas Zone Group III
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 24, 2013
The Bahamas will remain in the Americas Zone Group III after dropping the ball in the promotion playoff match against Paraguay, on Saturday, at the Davis Cup Tie in La Paz, Bolivia.
Despite the changes made by captain John Farrington, The Bahamas still could not hold off Paraguay and opted out of playing the doubles match after falling in both singles. Marvin Rolle was moved up from doubles and challenged Juan-Carlos Ramirez in the first singles match. Ramirez won, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-4. Up next was Devin Mullings who went down to Jose Benitez, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3. Rolle and Jamaal Adderley were lined up to play the doubles match against Benitez and Ramirez.
As a result of the win over The Bahamas, Paraguay took one of the two promotion spots into the Americas Zone Group II for 2014. Joining Paraguay on the promotion list was host country Bolivia. They took care of Costa Rica, 2-0.
This is the fourth consecutive year The Bahamas has lost its bid to be promoted to the Americas Zone Group II. This year’s team consisted of Rolle, Mullings, Adderley and Kevin Major Jr. Executive members in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) were very disappointed about the loss, especially after The Bahamas won its pool.
“I thought our advantage would have been experience,” said Bradley Bain, first vice president in the BLTA. “Three of the guys playing have represented the country on many occasions and based on their ages, they were the elder statesman in the tie, but I do believe that they all represented
themselves very well and we are proud of them.
“I can’t say what went wrong in the match, it could have been a number of things including them running out of gas because they were playing at a high altitude. When you look at it, three sets at that altitude could have been very tough. Playing at that high altitude requires a lot more than a lot of persons might be used to. I am disappointed because I was expecting them to get the promotion. After winning the group, I was very confident that we would have been able to pull it off. I am sure the captain has an explanation as to why the line-up changed, and we trust his judgment.”
Bain believes that now is the time to start incorporating some of the younger tennis players into the mix, giving them an opportunity to play at a high level competition. He noted that those who have played in the past have represented the country very well and thanked them for their efforts. He also said that a mixed team might be another option for the executive board.
“This was the year for them to take us out of zone three. We have to sit down, review and re-think our strategy going forward,” said Bain. “When you look at the line-up of other countries they have young people. Until we get higher, it might not be a bad idea to give the young guys an opportunity. You can’t go lower than three... this is the lowest. At some point we have to re-think the strategy and see where we want to go and where we can go.”
The country has been participating in Davis Cup since 1989. The Bahamas’ best performance was in 1993 when the team reached the playoffs to advance to the prestigious World Group, losing to Andre Agassi-led American squad.