Carey wins All-Bahamian final in Jamaica
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 29, 2013
It was an all-Bahamian final in Jamaica, as Rasheed Carey and Christian Cargill battled for the singles title at the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Jamaica Junior Tournament.
In the head-to-head match-up, Carey, the tournament’s number seven seed, prevailed, 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2. He played his way through the rounds from the top side of the draw, while Cargill, the tournament’s number four seed, was on the bottom side.
Cargill opened up the grade four tournament against Santiago Romanos, of Mexico, defeating him 6-1 and 6-0. Carey’s opener placed him on the court against Andres Hernandez, a match he won 6-1 and 6-2. American Carter Lin eliminated Bahamian Treajh Ferguson in the first round, 6-2 and 6-2. Lin was on the path to playing Cargill but fell in his match against Jose Andres Illescas Maury, of Mexico, 6-1 and 6-3. Cargill defeated Illescas Maury, in the semi-finals, 6-3 and 6-2.
In the quarter-finals, Carey took on Oscar Janglin of Sweden, winning 6-7(3), 6-1 and 6-3. He then played Yannik James, of Grenada, in the semi-finals, winning 7-5, 3-6 and 6-3.
The team of Carey and Ferguson partnered in the doubles division, but fell in the opening round to Felipe Oyarzun and Javier Restrepo, 6-4 and 6-4. Cargill joined forces with James, and they finished as the runner-up for the crown, losing 6-2 and 6-1 to Oyarzun and Restrepo.
“It speaks volumes to have two Bahamian junior tennis players competing for a title, at a regional tennis tournament outside the country,” said Derron Donaldson, president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA). “It shows the world that we are ready to have another player on the professional level in a couple of years. Our junior players continue to strive and excel in all the tournaments they compete in. They always represent The Bahamas well and should be applauded for their achievements.
“Competing in tournaments like this one is very important. They not only get to earn points, whilst winning, but it gives them the exposure and experience needed. Their growth and level of play has been noted in the association. We’ve already started to filter them into the senior programs, take a look at our recent senior teams.”
In other tennis news, Kevin Major Jr. will play in the 22nd Copa Merengue Tournament this week, in the Dominican Republic. Major Jr. is ranked number 346 on the junior tennis circuit. He will receive the number three ranking at this tournament.