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Clarke ranked at number four in the region

Bahamian junior tennis players continue to advance and move up the rankings in the region.

Sydney Clarke, 17, is now at number four in the Central American and Caribbean region, and is number 286 in the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) junior rankings worldwide.

The Bahamian junior sensation is coming off a fantastic year in which she was victorious in a few junior tournaments, in singles and doubles, in the region.

Clarke was the girls singles winner at the Bahamas Goombay Splash Bowl last year, and also won titles at the Wadadli Bowl in St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, and the Tobago Jr. ITF Championships in Trinidad & Tobago where she won in singles and doubles. Additionally, Clarke made the final at the C.O. Williams Barbados Junior International in St. Michael, Barbados, and at the Coca-Cola ITF Junior Tennis Tournament in Castries, St. Lucia, where she lost in the final in singles and doubles.

She is The Bahamas’ highest ranked junior female player, according to the latest ITF and COTECC (Confederation of Tennis of Central America and the Caribbean) junior rankings.

In a recent exchange with the young tennis standout, Clarke stated that hard work pays off and she continues to stay humble through all of her achievements.

Clarke is focused on giving back and has assisted in “Play and Stay” sessions hosted by the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA). She was the youngest participant in a recently held coaches development course at the BLTA’s National Tennis Centre.

Clarke was also the top female player at the 2018 Giorgio Baldacci National Tennis Championships, and will also represent The Bahamas in Fed Cup play in Lima, Peru, in April.

The BLTA extends congratulations to Clarke on raising the standard for the country and the region in the sporting discipline of tennis.

“We know that this is only the beginning of greater things to come,” stated a BLTA press release.

Clarke compiled a 26-6 win-loss record in singles last year, and is 43-22 for her career. In doubles play, she was 14-8 last year, and is 32-24 in her junior career.

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