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The Bahamas beats Antigua & Barbuda

The Bahamas continued its stellar play at the Americas Zone Group III Davis Cup round-robin tournament currently ongoing in Escazu, Costa Rica, shutting out Antigua and Barbuda in three matches yesterday.

In the first match of the day, Philip Major took down Shakir Elvin in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-3. Baker Newman outlasted Jody Maginley in the second match, 7-5 and 7-5; and in the third match the doubles team of Major and player/captain Marvin Rolle took down the duo from Antigua and Barbuda, Carlton Bedminster and Kevin Gardner, in a match that lasted less than an hour, 6-2 and 6-0.

The team improved to a 2-0 win/loss record in the week-long tournament, and takes a break today before facing Jamaica tomorrow. Still, the quartet of Major, Newman, Rolle and Jody Turnquest, has a long way to go. They have to finish in the top two of their group and then win their crossover playoff match in order to advance out of the group into the Americas Zone Group II for next year.

The Bahamas plays in Pool B with Honduras, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Bermuda. The winner of the group will play the runner-up of Pool A, and the winner of Pool A will play the runner-up of Pool B to determine which two nations will advance to the Americas Zone Group II in 2019.

On Monday, The Bahamas defeated Honduras, 2-1. Major defeated Keny Turcios in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-2; and Newman got the better of Jaime Bendeck in the second match, 6-2 and 6-1. In the team’s only loss thus far, the doubles team of Rolle and Turnquest fell to the team of Bendeck and Alejandro Obando, 6-2 and 6-2.

The Bahamas is yet to drop a set in singles play, and has won almost 60 percent of the total points played. In doubles, the nation has dropped a match and won another. Jamaica goes into the match against The Bahamas tomorrow having won their initial battle of the tournament. They defeated Bermuda, 3-0, winning both singles matches in straight sets, and taking the doubles match in three sets, 6-1, 3-6 and 6-3.

The Bahamas will face Bermuda on Friday, and the crossover playoffs will be played on Saturday. The four nations in Pool B are host nation Costa Rica, Paraguay, Cuba and Panama.

In The Bahamas’ last experience at Davis Cup, in April of 2017, the country lost to Bolivia 4-1 in their Americas Zone Group II relegation playoff to return to group three this year. The Bahamas’ best performance at Davis Cup was reaching the World Group playoffs in 1993, when the team lost to an American squad led by former World No. 1 Andre Agassi.

The Bahamas is currently ranked at number 99 in the world.

This year’s round-robin tournament is being played on the hard outdoor courts of the Costa Rica Country Club in Escazu, Costa Rica, and will wrap up this weekend.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting

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