The Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association sent their Junior Davis Cup Team of Trey Mallory, Tariq Simons and Scott Redmond to compete this week in El Salvador. The Junior Davis Cup event, is being played at Polideportivo De Ciudad Merliot. El Salvador. Eighteen countries are represented at the event. The team arrived on Friday afternoon lead by National Coach Ricky Mallory. Their weekend started with a light workout after the flight, and then practice sessions on both Saturday and Sunday to get acclimatized; temperatures this week will be in the mid-80ís.
The captainís ITF meeting took place on Sunday evening. Bermuda is in group E and has drawn Puerto Rico and Jamaica in their pool. The Bermuda Davis Cup players will play in the following positions/seeds, #1 Trey Mallory, # 2 Tariq Simons and #3 Scott Redmond. The ITF (International Tennis Federation) also confirmed that there would be heightening security at the tournament given an increase in violence in the region, this is out of an abundance of caution and not unique for this venue.
The Open ceremonies is on Monday and match plays starts as well. In Bermudaís Group E, Jamaica will play Puerto Rico on Monday, allowing Bermuda to see their competition in action before taking to the courts on Tuesday.
The format of play is 2 singles and 1 doubles for each fixture in the pool. Winners of each pool will automatically go through, followed by the next two best finishes going through based on sets and game won. This is a slightly different format than in past years due to the number of teams.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
BLTA Under 12 ITF Trials Continue
The Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association continued Trials for players looking to represent Bermuda in the Under 12 ITF/COTECC World Junior Tennis Championships.
Three matches were on tap on Day Two at the WER Joell Tennis Stadium.
Matthew Way defeated Kallan Richardson in a three set battle that took 2 hours and 50 minutes, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
A marathon 3 hours and 20 minutes match saw Airez Gilbert-Simons defeat Milly Wetherhill in three sets 5-7, 7-6, 7-6.
Jae Gibbons defeated Sienna Taylor in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Kirstin Saltus Helps Catawba Win Big
Kirstin Saltus and her Catawba Womenís Tennis teammates picked up an 8 - 1 win over visiting Lees-McRae at the Johnson Tennis Center. With the win Saltus and her Catawba teammates upped their record to 11-7 on the season.
Playing in the number six Singles spot Saltus defeated Amanda Chapman in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.
Saltus teamed up with Emily Corcoran in the number three Doubles spot and they defeated Dakota Tittle and Chapman 8-2.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Finnigan and Florida Tech Fall in Double Header
James Finnigan and his Florida Tech Menís Tennis teammates fell short, hosting the UConn Huskies and the NJIT Highlanders, falling 5 Ė 2 to both teams.
In the match against the NJIT Highlanders, Finnigan went down in his number three Singles match to Zac Castagna in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Finnigan did not play in the Doubles.
In the match against Uconn, Finnigan picked up a Singles win playing in the number four position defeating Justin Warren 6-0, 7-6, Finnigan teamed up with JJ Clarke in the number three Doubles position and they went down 6-4 to Jacob Appleton and Brady Flanagan
Monday, March 20, 2017
Tyler Smith and Jackson State Remain Undefeated
Tyler Smith and her Jackson State Womenís Tennis teammates continued competing in the SWAC Tennis Second Round of the 2017 season remaining undefeated.
Smith's unbeaten run however came to an end in their second match of the day.
In their opening match Jackson State defeated Arkansas Pine Bluff 6 - 0. Smith playing in the number one Singles spot defeated Taylor Shaw in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Smith then teamed up with Lucia Solio and they defeated Tia Thomas and Taylor Shaw 6-0.
In Game Two Smith and Jackson State defeated Prairie View A&M 4 - 2, Smith defeated Neharika Roma in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 in the number one Singles spot, however Smith and Solio went down 6-2 to Sydney Thomas and Tatiana Ruhl in the number two Doubles spot.