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Team Bahamas picks up first win of WJT pre-qualifying

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.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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