Tuesday, January 23, 2018

T&T beaten 3-0 again in Davis Cup

TRINIDAD and Tobago again failed to make any impression when American Zone Group III of the Davis Cup continued Tuesday in Puerto Rico.

After being drubbed 3-0 by Costa Rica when the tournament served off the day before, this country’s tennis players suffered a similar fate against Bermuda.

The only difference this time was they managed to win a set and this occurred in the first match when Gavin Manders beat Vaughn Wilson 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

Three of the four members of the team hail from the sister isle and all three were in action during the fixture.

Jovani Lewis then took the court for his very first match at this level and was beaten 6-2, 6-2 as David Thomas gave Bermuda an unassailable 2-0 lead. Lewis and fellow left-hander Akiel Duke, who had played both singles and doubles the day before, were then crushed 6-1, 6-1 by Jenson Bascome and Neal Towlson.

T&T had no expectation going into this tournament as Wilson, who is making his fourth appearance, was the only player with Davis Cup experience.

The national champion and Lewis are both 22 years old, while Duke is two years younger and national under-16 and 18 champ Nabeel Mohammed is still 15.

T&T tackled Jamaica yesterday and their final fixture in Group B will be against favourites Puerto Rico, 3-0 winners over Jamaica on Tuesday after blanking Bermuda on Monday.

Bahamas, Cuba, Honduras and Panama are the countries in Group A, but there were no matches scheduled in this group on Tuesday.

The winners of Group A will clash with the runners-up of Group B and vice versa on Saturday and the two triumphant teams will be promoted to American Zone Group II of the world’s premier male team tennis tournament next year.