Tuesday, February 20, 2018

T&T trail Davis Cup field

TRINIDAD and Tobago finished ninth and last in American Zone Group III of Davis Cup last Saturday in Puerto Rico.

The hosts beat Bahamas 2-1 on Saturday to finish as the only team in the tournament as they gained promotion to American Zone Group II of the world’s premier male team tennis tournament next year. Costa Rica will also climb the ladder after they edged the previously unbeaten Cubans 2-1 in the other semifinal.

Both Puerto Rico and Costa Rica came from Group B, which also included Bermuda, Jamaica and T&T, who were beaten 3-0 by Bermuda, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico and only won one match during the week when they went down 2-1 against Jamaica.

It was the worst performance ever by a T&T team, but this was the most inexperienced team ever sent to the Davis Cup competition by the Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

Jovani Lewis, Akiel Duke and Nabeel Mohammed were making their debut at this level. And although Vaughn Wilson had flown the red, white and black flag on three other occasions, the national champ is only 22 years old.

Lewis is the same age and their fellow Tobagonian Duke, runner-up to Wilson a few months ago in the South Open Championships, is two years younger. The talented Mohammed, the two-time defending national under-16 and 18 champ, is only 15 years old.

The Jamaicans ended up just ahead of T&T when they were edged 2-1 by Panama in the playoff for seventh place, while Honduras whipped Bermuda 2-0 for fifth.