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The Bahamas defeats Antigua & Barbuda in Davis Cup

The Bahamas got off to a fast start in 2019 Davis Cup competition at the Costa Rica Country Club, in Escazú, San Jose, Costa Rica, winning their first tie of the week-long tournament.

Philip Major Jr. was in action first, and got the country started on the right foot with a straight sets victory over Shakir Elvin of Antigua & Barbuda. Major won easily, 6-1 and 6-3. In the next singles, Jody Maginley, of Antigua & Barbuda, took care of Bahamian Baker Newman, but The Bahamas bounced back in doubles.

Maginley defeated Newman in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-3.

In doubles, Major and Newman easily defeated the team of Carlton Bedminster and Maginley. They won in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3, to seal the tie for The Bahamas two matches to one.

The Bahamas’ team consists of the top finishers of the recent tennis invitational at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s National Tennis Centre, Newman and Major, who are also 2018 Davis Cup team members, Justin Lunn who is a 2017 Davis Cup team member and a finalist at the 2018 Giorgio Baldacci Open, and newcomer Donte Armbrister who is the 2018 Giorgio Baldacci Open Champion. The team captain is Marvin Rolle.

The Bahamas is one of 11 nations battling in the Davis Cup Americas Group III event in Costa Rica this week, seeking promotion to the Americas Group II for 2020.

The host nation Costa Rica is joined by The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Antigua & Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands in Pool A. In Pool B are Honduras, Jamaica, Cuba, Panama, Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago.

With Group III being split into two pools this year, teams will compete against each other within their respective pools in a round-robin format before the playoffs decide the final positions at the end of the week.

At last year’s competition, The Bahamas scored comfortable victories over all five of their opponents. The Bahamas has the highest global ranking of all 11 teams in the tournament – number 77 worldwide.

The tournament is being played on the hard outdoor courts of the Costa Rica Country Club, in Escazú, and will wrap up on Friday.

According to the Davis Cup Regulation 24.4, up to three nations may be promoted. Also, the Davis Cup Committee will make the final choice on the number of relegated nations depending on the size of the group. Placement to the Americas Zone Group II will only be determined after the qualifiers are completed each year and the number of nations losing from the Americas will affect which nations qualify for each of the Americas groups.

Winning in this tournament will afford a nation higher points which in turn will increase a nation’s chances of qualifying for a higher group the following year.

The Bahamas was co-winners with Honduras last year but due to the Davis Cup reforms, was not elevated and has to play again in group three.

The BLTA wishes Newman, Major, Lunn and Armbrister great success in Costa Rica.

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
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