Main draw of ITF Junkanoo Bowl to begin today
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 08, 2013
Two Bahamian female junior players were named the number one and two seeds, in the under-14 singles draw, at the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Junkanoo Bowl Tournament yesterday.
The official draws were released by the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), for the tournament, which officially swings into play today. The qualifying rounds in all divisions were played over the weekend at the BLTA’s National Tennis Centre. Sierra Donaldson is the top ranked player in the girls’ under-14 singles, and Gabriella Donaldson is the number two seed. Both were given first-round byes. Sierra will play Bahamian Lauryn Daxon in the second round, and Gabriella will take to the court against Mandisa Walle.
Jamaica’s Blaise Bicknell got the top seed in the boys’ under-14 singles and Aydan Gomez Osorio the number two spot. Representing The Bahamas in that division are O’Neal Mortimer, Jordan Minns and Bradley Fowler. Mortimer will play Manuel De Mendiola while Minns and Fowler will battle each other. Both Bicknell and Osorio were given first-round byes.
Moving on to the main draw for the under-18 girls’ singles were Alyssa Mayo, Bianca Zuzu, Meisha Kendall-Woseley and River Hart. The quartet advanced out of a tough qualifying draw on Saturday. Kendall-Woseley defeated Swara Kulkarni, 6-1 and 6-3, while Hart got passed Julia Gabay, 6-4 and 6-2.
Mauricio Rivera Caballero is into the main draw after defeating Adame Rabago, 6-0 and 6-4. Rivera’s journey through the rounds started with a first-round bye. He then moved on and defeated Alberto De Mendiola, 6-2 and 6-1. Scoring a match win over Andres Hernandez was Nabeel Majeed Mohammed. He won, 6-3 and 7-5, and Jorge Ortegon won his match, 6-0 and 6-4.
The official draws for both under-18 divisions were unavailable up to press time. BLTA President Derron Donaldson said: “We received one or two last minute entries from players who we feel would improve the level of play. We are equally as excited to have some of the best junior players from around the world come here to The Bahamas and play. The Junkanoo Bowl is one of our bigger tournaments every calendar year and it continues to grow. I would like to thank all for coming and signing up to play in the tournament, we expect to have great matches as players look to earn points.
“As for our local players, we want to thank them and encourage the general public to come and cheer them on. They’ve all been working and training extremely hard. A number of our junior players who are well ranked on the international level are playing here, so we look forward to having the titles stay right here.”
Bahamian players like Christian Cargill, Shaquille Taylor, Kevin Major Jr., Simone Pratt and Danielle Thompson will be included in the main draw at the grade four tournament.