Tennis athletes compete in Costa Rica

Tennis athletes compete in Costa Rica
Jody Turnquest.

Some of the country’s premier hard surface tennis players are competing in Costa Rica this week in the Group III Americas Round Robin tournament.

Yesterday, the country came up with three singles win against Antigua and Barbuda. Philip Wilbert Major knocked off Shakir Elvin (6-4, 6-3) Baker Newman followed that up with a two-set sweep against Jody Maginley (7-5, 7-5). In doubles play, Major and Marvin Rolle teamed up to defeat Carlton Bedminster and Kevin Gardner (6-2, 6-0).

Newman, along with Rolle were both on the 2016 Davis cup team that was successful in Bolivia. This team, which also included Newman and Kevin Major Jr., was instrumental in the promotion of The Bahamas to Zone 2.

“The caliber of the 2018 team is high and includes recently named All-SEC Baker Newman, who graduated this month from Vanderbilt University,” said Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Public Relations officer Esther Newton.

“We also have former Zone 1 player Marvin Rolle, who is one of our premier doubles player Philip Major, the 2016 Champion at the US Open National Playoffs Southern Qualifying Tournament and Jody Turnquest, the newest team member, who has been playing on the futures circuit in recent years.

“The team is expected to compete at a high level and will work to have The Bahamas promoted once again. The BLTA is highly optimistic about this group of talent as the team is very strong with a very capable.”

The countries included in this round of competition include: Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cuba, Panama, Honduras, Jamaica, Paraguay and the host country Costa Rica.