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Top rank juniors play in Goombay Splash

Top junior tennis players from around the world are being challenged, for the Goombay Splash Bowl title, by three of the country’s best players.

Advancing to the second round of play in the international tournament, being played at the National Tennis Centre, were Gabrielle Moxey, Kevin Major and Jody Turnquest. The trio were among 11 Bahamian players listed on the draw. Moxey was the sole female player to survive the first round of the grade five International Tennis Federation (ITF) event. She got past American Kandis Legall 7-5 and 6-3.

Major toppled Justin T’Jon of Netherlands Antilles 6-2 and 6-0, while Turnquest sent Canada’s Matthew Erdman home. Turnquest, one of four wild card entries, won to the tune of 6-7 (6), 6-4 and 7-5. Other Bahamians playing in the boys 18 division were Christian Cargill, Shaquille Taylor, Rasheed Carey and Justin Higgs. China’s Vincente Bronstein is the number one seed in the division and Jordi Arconada playing in the second spot. Over in the girls 18 division, the number one seed is Kristina Chasovskikh of Russia and Yolimar Ogando of Puerto Rico, the second seed.

The tournament has attracted players from around the world. The highest ranked player in the tournament, based on the international ranking, is Bronstein at 266. Chasovskikh, who is no stranger to international tournaments in The Bahamas, is slated 294 in the world. She won the Junkanoo Bowl last year. “I think the tournament is going very well,” said Lester Cox, public relations officer for the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA). “We’ve attracted some fantastic players and continue to bring in top players from around the world. This is a trend that we will like to continue as we host more tournaments.

“We are very excited about having three players from The Bahamas going onto the second round. This is the first time, at this level, we have three players in the second round. We are excited about that. Excited about how well they are playing. This is a ITF grade five tournament, and there are a lot of top players from around the world here. So to have three of our players in the second round is a huge accomplishment. Our boys and girls look just as good as the number one seeds.”

Cox said the tournaments held in The Bahamas have been fully subscribed lately. The country’s location and the warm weather makes it easy for the BLTA to attract players from around the world.

The association hosts at least four international tournaments and several local cups a year. The biggest on the calendar is The Bahamas Women’s Open, which has a purse prize of $100,000.

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