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The Bahamas finishes sixth at Davis Cup

Team Bahamas had to settle for sixth place, after falling to Honduras 2-0 in the fifth-place game, at the 2019 Davis Cup Americas Zone Group III Tournament at the Costa Rica Country Club in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica, on Saturday.

In that playoff matchup, The Bahamas dropped both of its singles matches. In the first match, 17-year-old Donte Armbrister fell to Gabriel Mendoza in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1, and in the second singles match, Bahamian Justin Lunn put up a fight but Keny Turcios wore him down. Turcios won the first set, 7-5. Lunn came back to easily win the second set, 6-1, but Turcios came back in the third and decisive set with vengeance. He won that set 6-0 as Honduras secured fifth place.

The Bahamian team was coached by Team Captain Marvin Rolle.

On Friday, The Bahamas played Puerto Rico in their final Pool A tie, in a match-up to keep its promotion hopes alive. A win would have placed The Bahamas in an ideal spot to advance to the Americas Zone Group II in 2020.

Puerto Rico was a challenge for Team Bahamas.

Philip Major Jr. fell to Ignacio Garcia in straight sets in the first singles match. Garcia won, 6-0 and 6-3.

Baker Newman fell to Alex Diaz in the second singles match. In the first set, Diaz was too much for Newman as he won 6-2. The second set saw Newman put up a fight, but the 20-year-old Diaz held on to win, 7-5, taking the match two sets to none.

The doubles match saw Armbrister and Lunn go up against Sebastian Arcila and Quinton Vega.

The Bahamian duo put up a fight in the first set but eventually fell to the Puerto Ricans in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5). The Puerto Ricans had the momentum in the second set and they went on to win, 6-1, ending the match two sets to none.

The Bahamas was in Pool A with host country Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Costa Rica, the eventual winner of the week-long tournament, finished pool play with a perfect 4-0 win-loss record. Puerto Rico was second in Pool A with a 3-1 record.

The Bahamas finished third in pool play as they split their wins and losses, finishing with a 2-2 record.

Earlier in the week, The Bahamas defeated Antigua and Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In their first game of competition, Team Bahamas defeated Antigua and Barbuda 2-1. It was an optimistic start to the competition for the Bahamians.

Costa Rica defeated The Bahamas 3-0 on Wednesday.

On Thursday, The Bahamas defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Major won the first singles match against Russell Armstrong, 6-0 and 6-2. Newman also won his singles match, 6-0 and 6-2, against Tomas Del Olmo.

Lunn and Armbrister fell to Nicholas Bass and Kristepher Elien in doubles, 6-3 and 7-5.

Costa Rica, Jamaica and Puerto Rico were promoted to the Americas Zone Group II for 2020. The Bahamas remains in group three for 2020.

With 133 teams entered this year, Davis Cup is the largest international team competition in tennis. It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The Bahamas is ranked at number 77 worldwide in the ITF rankings.

Sheldon Longley

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.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting
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