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Roberts conducts clinic before jetting off to Peru

Fresh off his first International Tennis Federation (ITF) pro circuit win in Cancun, Mexico, over the weekend, Justin Roberts returned to The Bahamas and spearheaded a tennis clinic at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) National Tennis Centre.

It was a fruitful four-week period for Roberts on tour which ended with a victory in the men’s singles final of the M15 Cancun Tennis Cup ITF Tournament. During the four weeks, Roberts prevailed in singles and doubles, had two singles quarterfinals appearances and another doubles finals appearance.

The tournament was played on the hard outdoor courts of the Cancun Tennis Academy, in Cancun, Mexico.

At the clinic on Tuesday, Bahamian youth players met the Bahamian elite player and communicated with him. The youngsters were able to listen and learn as Roberts shared his knowledge and showed them some tennis tips. Roberts spoke of his pleasure in giving back to the next generation.

“During my time as a junior I looked up to Jason and Marvin Rolle and some others. To have an opportunity to play with them was a big deal, so to now be that person the young kids look up to is humbling and a blessing,” he said.

Roberts leaves for Lima, Peru, this week along with Baker Newman to represent The Bahamas at the 18th Pan American Games.

“This was a goal of mine for quite some time, so to be a part of that is something special for me,” said Roberts. “There are a lot of good players there, but we’re good players as well, so we’re just going to go out there and try to do some good things over there. I just have confidence that we could go there and do well,” he added.

In his men’s singles championship match against American Kalman Boyd, 22-year-old Roberts prevailed 3-6, 7-6(8) and 6-4. In the semifinals, he took down the number-one seeded player, Jack Draper, of Great Britain, 3-6, 7-6(5) and 6-4. In both matches, he was down a set and a break in the second before coming back to win each time. The previous week, Roberts and doubles partner Jody Maginley of Antigua & Barbuda, seeded fourth, defeated the unseeded pair of Eric Hadigian and Tanner K. Smith, both of the United States, 6-3 and 6-2, for that championship title.

The BLTA sent out congratulatory remarks to Roberts on his accomplishments.

“Justin has performed consistently well and continues to raise the bar as he achieves new tennis feats,” said BLTA Public Relations Officer Esther Newton in a press release. “We are extremely proud of Justin and his tennis works so far and know that there will be many more tennis accomplishments in the future. Great accomplishment Justin, continue to shine brightly.”

Roberts is the highest-ranked Bahamian player in men’s singles, at number 611 in the world according to the latest ITF World Rankings.

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