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Three junior tennis players ranked at Coca-Cola ITF tournament

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Aug 15, 2013

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The number one seed in singles play for girls, Bahamian Simone Pratt, is into the second round of play in the Coca-Cola ITF Tournament.

Pratt, alongside Danielle Thompson and Sierra Donaldson, who is playing in the girls’ 14 main draw, are among the favorites at the event that is taking place in St. Lucia at the St. Lucia Rodney Bay. Donaldson, the top seed in her division emerged victorious over Alexi Humphrey 6-2, 2-6 and 7-5. She took to the court against Anya King of Trinidad and Tobago, late Wednesday evening. No results were available up to press time.

Both Thompson and Pratt received first round byes. Their tournament play started yesterday. Thompson, the third seed in the girls’ 18 division, will play Dominique Coutain who defeated Noah Peters 6-4 and 6-3. Pratt will take to the court with D’Jeri Raymond from Antigua. Over in the boys’ division, Treajh Ferguson fell to Troy Dixon 3-6 and 1-6. Ferguson was the sole male player in the tournament representing The Bahamas.

Pratt and Thompson will team up in the doubles division. The Bahamian duo is the top seed and as a result, received a bye in the first round. Pratt and Thompson will either take to the court against Michelle Kaplan and Megan Rogers, or Kezia Koroma and Cherise Slocombe. That match will be played later today. Ferguson will partner with Arthur Stefani in the doubles. They will play Sean Burnette and Santiago Romanos. Donaldson and her partner, Dara Sidoine, are into the semifinal rounds, taking on Amarlia Benn and Gabriell Benn.

Donaldson and Sidoine prevailed 6-3 and 6-3 over Jonelle Anderson and Ramonia Tomlinson.

First vice president in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Bradley Bain is serving as head coach of the four-member team. The association’s president, Derron Donaldson, applauded Bain for his continuous commitment and dedicated service to the development of young tennis players in the country. He said: “Once again our junior players are competing at a very high level and continues to represent The Bahamas well. I am confident that the title in both divisions will return home. In fact, I am crossing my fingers wanting an all-Bahamian final with Simone and Danielle. The likelihood of that is great.

“Bradley continues to work hard and he is committed to the development of our junior players. The association would like to thank him personally for taking the time out, on a daily basis, to ensure that our juniors and some of the senior players excel.”

The Coca-Cola ITF Tournament is a Grade Five event. It is the first of two tournaments for Pratt and Thompson who are both in the main draw of the SVGTA ITF Junior International tournament, which will be held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

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