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Bahamian junior tennis players among the best in the world

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Aug 14, 2013

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Eight Bahamian junior tennis players are ranked in the top 500 in the world, and three among the top 1,000, according to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) junior rankings list.

The two junior girls ranked in the top 500 are Simone Pratt, at 343 and Danielle Thompson who comes in at 460. Shaquille Taylor is the top seed for the boys, coming in at 293 with 147.50 points. Six spots under Taylor is Christian Cargill and Rasheed Carey sits in the 325 spot. Cargill has earned 146.25 points and Carey 138.75 points. Pratt has 132.50 points and Thompson 100 points. Both players have competed in 18 tournaments thus far.

Kevin Major has a total of 133.75 points and Phillip Major 97.50 points, they are slated 345 and 466 respectively. Coming in at 544 is Justin Roberts and Treajh Ferguson is 1104. Roberts has accumulated 81.25 points and Ferguson 23.75 points.

So far, Taylor has competed in 25 tournaments this year. His best performance, in doubles action, was at the Junkanoo Bowl where he partnered with Jack Van Slyke to defeat Anudeep Kodali and Alejandro Tabilo 6-3 and 7-5. Taylor’s career win/loss record in singles is 22-29. In the doubles, he has a 24-25 win/loss record.

Cargill has also appeared in a number of finals this year, playing in both the singles and doubles division. His most recent loss was at the ITF Jamaica Junior Tournament where he fell to fellow Bahamian Carey, 6-4, 2-6 and 2-6. The Jamaica Junior Tournament title is the third on the year for Carey, who also won the doubles crown at the ITF Junior Circuit and the Copa Sultana-Mayaguez tournaments. Carey has played in 22 tournaments thus far and Cargill in 24. Kevin Major has only played in 19 tournaments, while Phillip Major and Roberts have competed in 26 and 39 respectively. All three junior tennis players were able to capture titles at the various tournaments.

As for Ferguson, the hunt continues as he competes in the Coca-Cola ITF tournament this week. The Grade Five event is being played in St. Lucia at the St. Lucia Rodney Bay courts.

Pratt was the winner of the Junkanoo Bowl tournament and the runners-up in the JITIC tournament. She defeated Sofia Kenin 4-1, retired at the Junkanoo Bowl and fell to Cassandra Vazquez of Mexico 2-6 and 4-6. Pratt was a member of the senior women’s national team that got the promotion into Americas Zone Group I, in 2014. Other members of that squad were Thompson, Kerrie Cartwright and Larikah Russell, player/captain.

Also ranked in the ITF Juniors are Dominique Mortier, Erin Strachan, Gabriella Bowe and Andrienne D’Alewyn.

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