Newman, Major earn final two spots for Davis Cup team
Baker Newman and Philip Major Jr. filled the final two spots for The Bahamas on its 2019 Davis Cup team after coming out on top at the 2019 Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) Invitational at the BLTA National Tennis Centre over the weekend.
They join the top two finishers from the Giorgio Baldacci Open National Championships, and the quartet will represent The Bahamas at the Americas Zone Group III Davis Cup Tournament, from June 17-22 in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica. The top two finishers from the Giorgio Baldacci open nationals were champion Donte Armbrister and runner-up Justin Lunn, who is making his return to the team after missing out a year ago. Marvin
Rolle is the coach of the team.
On Saturday, Newman defeated Major in a tough three-setter. Major won the first set 6-3, but in the second set, Newman powered himself to a 7-6 victory. Newman won the tiebreaker set, 10-6.
Newman’s next match was another major battle. He was up against Kevin Major Jr. The match went almost identical to the first one. Major won the first set 6-3, but Newman came back in the second set and prevailed 7-6. Newman held on to win the tiebreaker set, 10-5. Major suffered an apparent injury in this match.
In his second match, Philip Major played Spencer Newman. Major took him down 7-5 in first set. Newman immediately bounced back as he picked apart Major in the second set, 6-1. The tiebreaker set was back and forth, but in the end it was Major who came out victorious after downing Newman, 11-9.
Earlier in the competition Kevin Major defeated Spencer Newman. Major won the first set 6-3, but Newman roared back to win 7-5 in the second set. The tiebreaker set was won by Major, 10-8.
The order of ranking for The Bahamas’ team at the Davis Cup competition will be based on international ranking.
The Bahamas remains in the Americas Zone Group III despite winning the group three Davis Cup competition in 2018. Due to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) 2019 Davis Cup reform, a team’s national ranking for 2019 takes precedent over a team’s latest result of Davis Cup competition for the compilation of a higher group participants.
In Costa Rica, The Bahamas will be joined by Honduras, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba, Panama, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. Virgin Islands and host nation Costa Rica.
Last year The Bahamas took care of Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda and Bermuda in pool play to emerge as the winner in their pool.
In the playoff, they defeated Costa Rica 2-1. Philip Major and Rolle teamed up in the doubles to take down Costa Rica’ Jesse Flores and Julian Saborio in three sets to preserve the victory for The Bahamas.
The team was represented by Baker Newman, Rolle, Jody Turnquest and Philip Major.
The Bahamas was demoted to the Americas Zone Group III in 2017 when they fell to Bolivia 4-1 in the playoffs.
The team is set to travel to Costa Rica the week of June 15.