The Bahamas was handed an ace card in this year’s Fed Cup
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 13, 2013
Things just got a little easier for Team Bahamas, now that Jamaica has opted not to participate in this year’s Fed Cup Tie.
Instead of having to fight their way out of the play-offs round, a first place finish in their pool will book The Bahamas into Group I of the Americas, in 2014. The Bahamas is currently playing in Group II of the Americas. This year’s team members include Simone Pratt, Kerrie Cartwright, Danielle Thompson and Larikah Russell, as player/captain.
The Group II play is being staged at the Maya Country Club in Santa Tecia, El Salvador. The tie will start on Tuesday. Other countries are Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, host El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.
“We were ecstatic when we found out about the new format,” said President of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Derron Donaldson. “We feel as though the odds are in our favor and the ball is now in our court, all we have to do is take full advantage of it.
“This year’s team is pretty well rounded, whereas we have Larikah who has tons of experience and exposure at this level, so does Kerrie. Simone is playing very well in singles, so we expect her to do well. As for Danielle, this is her first time so there’s no pressure on her.
“Each match will count and that is key to winning the pool. This is the first time something like this has happened with The Bahamas involved, but I do believe the team’s chemistry is high and that they will be able to move into the next round.”
In the past, the 12 teams would have been divided into two pools, with the top two teams moving onto the Group I. The pools will be released on Monday.
The Bahamas was relegated to the Americas Group II after the team failed to win a rubber last year.