Victorious team returns home from Costa Rica
Fresh off an unbeaten competition at the Americas Zone Group III Davis Cup round-robin tournament in Escazú, Costa Rica, the majority of Team Bahamas returned home to a rousing ovation.
All except Baker Newman returned to the capital on Sunday, when they were greeted by Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Timothy Munnings, Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Secretary General Derron Donaldson, Sports Liaison Officer for tennis in the ministry Kevin Colebrooke, and family and friends.
The Bahamas’ 2018 Davis Cup team consisted of Newman; Philip Major Jr., who finished with a perfect 4-0 win/loss record in the tournament; Jody Turnquest and player/coach Marvin Rolle. Rolle, 34, is the veteran of the squad, having played in 53 Davis Cup ties over 16 years. None of the other members of the team are over the age of 24.
Only the top two teams from this past weekend’s Davis Cup tournament have been promoted to the Americas Zone Group II for 2019. The Bahamas secured its spot, and Honduras was the other. The Bahamas’ team members expressed joy and exuberance for the win and stated that all they wanted to do was “make their country proud”.
The week-long tournament was played on the hard outdoor courts of the Costa Rica Country Club in Escazú, Costa Rica.
The Bahamas played a number of international opponents in Costa Rica, finishing with a perfect 5-0 record. They defeated Honduras, 2-1, shut out Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Bermuda, 3-0, and then overcame host nation Costa Rica in the crossover playoffs for a spot in the Americas Zone Group II for 2019. The Bahamas won that relegation duel against Costa Rica two matches to one.
Now it’s on to the Americas Zone Group II for 2019, after last playing in that group in 2017.
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) President Darnette Weir expressed excitement about the team’s promotion.
“I am happy for the team members who have individually worked hard to perfect their game,” she said. “The team was undefeated by all contenders. The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association is proud of the performance of the 2018 Davis Cup team – Coach Marvin, Baker, Philip and Jody. The road was not an easy one and we encourage Corporate Bahamas to get behind these phenomenal athletes who represented their country with pride.”
The Americas Zone Group II will offer wonderful new challenges and opportunities for The Bahamas. Weir said that the sport of tennis is showing tremendous progress and growth in the country as athletes continue to compete and win at a very high level.