Sydney Clarke, a top contender for this week’s women’s national title at the 2019 Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) Giorgio Baldacci Open National Championships, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Clarke, 18, is the number one junior female tennis player in the country, peaking in the 200s in the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) World Tennis Tour Junior Rankings. She has a number of regional singles and doubles titles under her belt. Clarke is also the defending champion at the Giorgio Baldacci Open Nationals this year.
Clarke is the recipient of the Junior Female Athlete of The Year Award at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s National Sports Awards. She has competed on several national teams this year, most recently on The Bahamas’ 2018 Fed Cup Team.
UAB Blazers Women’s Tennis Coach Mark Tjia said: “We are very excited to have Sydney join our Blazers family. Not only does she bring an impressive junior record with her, but more importantly, she comes with strong character and she emulates the same values that our team embraces.”
The BLTA congratulates Clarke on this achievement and wishes her the best on her college tennis journey.
A BLTA statement read: “Sydney has been an exemplary tennis junior player and has raised the bar high in junior tennis in The Bahamas. We know that she will continue to perform well and we look forward to many more tennis highlights from Sydney. Let’s go Blazers!”
Clarke has six victories over American players currently in the top 100 according to tennisrecruiting.com and has won three ITF singles and three ITF doubles titles. She is a two-time member of The Bahamas’ Fed Cup Team, and attends Windsor School and the Albany Tennis Academy which is owned and run by former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.
At the open nationals that is currently ongoing over at the BLTA National Tennis Center, Clarke is seeded second and is into the semifinals where she will face Grand Bahamian Larikah Russell in the semifinals. The number one seeded player is Kerrie Cartwright.
The open nationals will be used by the BLTA to select players for Davis Cup and Fed Cup play in 2020. The top two players will be named to The Bahamas’ Fed Cup team in 2020 and the remaining players will be selected from the invitational trials next year.
Jump Line – New signee Clarke is defending her title at the open nationals this week