Major Jr. wins third straight tournament
Bahamian Kevin Major Jr. continued his impressive play, recently taking the men’s singles title at the BMW Tennis Championships in Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Advanced Level sanctioned event was played on the hard outdoor courts of the Pembroke Lakes Tennis Club in Pembroke Pines.
Major, one of the country’s top players, was seeded eighth in the tournament and outlasted the fourth seeded Jack Vance of the United States in three sets. He prevailed 6-1, 5-7 and 6-1. The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) heaped high praise on Major for starting his season off with a championship title.
“The BLTA congratulates him on the win, and we know that he will continue to excel,” read a BLTA press release.
The final represented the only time in the three-day tournament in which Major was pushed to three sets. In the first round, he got past Russian Ramazan Nureev, 6-0 and 6-3; he defeated American Aaron Rittberger in the round of 32, 6-0 and 6-0; overcame the 10th seeded George Davis, of Great Britain, in the final 16, 6-3 and 6-1; defeated Andrew Liakhovych of the Ukraine by default as Liakhovych was a no-show in the quarter-finals; and overwhelmed third seeded Jibril Nettles, of the United States, in the semis, 6-2 and 7-6(3).
Top seeded Michael-John Every, of Curacao, was eliminated in the round of 16.
The title victory was the third straight for Major. As the second seed, he won the men’s singles title at the Delray Fall Prize Money Open, Age Category & NTRP Series at ProWorld, in Delray Beach, Florida, in November last year, defeating Canadian Serge Becerra in the final, 6-1 and 3-1 ret. At the 2018 UTR/Reel Tennis Open Circuit 9 event in Plantation, Florida, in November of 2018, Major, as the third seed, defeated top seeded player Zandrix Acob, of the United States, 7-6(6) and 6-1 in the final. Prior to that, Major lost in the final of the Pembroke Lakes Tennis Championships in Pembroke Pines in October 2018 to second seeded Nettles, 6-1 and 7-5.
Earlier this year, Major was named to The Bahamas’ Davis Cup team for 2019 along with Philip Major Jr., Donte Armbrister, Baker Newman and Justin Lunn. They will compete for The Bahamas in Davis Cup action in the Americas Zone Group II this year.