The Bahamas is currently being represented by a junior team at the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) World Junior Tennis (WJT) Boys’ North, Central America and Caribbean Pre-Qualifying Tournament at the Centro Nacional de Tenis, Parque del Esteinin, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The tournament began on Monday and ends tomorrow.
The under-14 boys squad, which was ratified by the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), consists of Anthony Burrows Jr., Michael Major Jr. and Dentry Mortimer Jr., the top-ranked under-14 boys in the country. Godfrey Bowe is the coach of the team.
The Bahamas played Aruba in the consolation round yesterday, winning 3-0. They move on to play Curacao today.
In the first singles match, Burrows went up against Hugo Fidler. Burrows won in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-0. Major had a tougher time against Gijs Fidler in the second singles match. The Bahamian junior won a tough first set 7-5, but cruised in the second set, winning 6-1.
In doubles, Major and Mortimer teamed up against Fidler and Ilye Martinez. The Bahamian duo won easily, 6-0 and 6-2.
On Wednesday, The Bahamas faced El Salvador. Burrows was up first against Andrew Rendon. He came out strong, winning the first set 6-0, but fell 7-6 in the second set. Burrows came back to win the third set 6-3.
Major played the second match and lost 6-1 and 6-2 to Cesar Cruz.
The pressure was on Burrows and Mortimer in doubles. It was a hard-fought match, and The Bahamas lost in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-4.
The team faced a similar hurdle on Tuesday against Trinidad and Tobago. Burrows lost in two sets, 6-4 and 6-4, against Jamal Alexis.
Major played in the second singles match against Trinidad and Tobago’s Luca Shamsi, and the young Bahamian won in three tough sets, 6-2, 2-6 and 6-3.
The duo of Burrows and Anthony lost in an exhilarating three-setter against Alexis and Shaqiv Williams. The first two sets were split as the Bahamians lost the first set 7-6(4) but came back and won the second set 6-4. It was a grueling decisive third set, but the duo from Trinidad and Tobago prevailed 10-6.
It was a very tough opening day for Team Bahamas on Monday as they were swept by the Costa Ricans, 3-0.
Burrows went up against Javier Araya and lost in two straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3.
In the second match, Major played Adrian Quiros. Major lost the first set 6-2, managed to come back and win the second set 6-4 but fell 6-2 in the decisive third set.
The Costa Ricans were up 2-0 at that point. In the doubles match, Burrows and Mortimer fought but eventually fell to Costa Rica’s Araya and Andres Caceres, 6-7(6) and 3-6.
Officiating at the tournament is Bahamian Mickey Williams, a recent inductee into The Bahamas’ Sports Hall of Fame.
Play continues today for Team Bahamas.
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