By RENALDO DORSETT
SEVERAL of the Bahamas’ elite junior tennis players are amid competition with their peers from around the region as they attempt qualification at the World Junior Tennis Competition.
The Bahamas’ six member team – three boys and three girls – are currently at the pre-qualifying event in the Under-14 division in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The boys’ team includes Kofie Bowe, Denali Nottage and Ryan Fox while the girls include Emma Weech, Perjae Major and Kaylee Kanuka.
The boys’ team is competing in Group C alongside Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Panama.
In their latest outing they fell 3-0 to Costa Rica in the Playoff Round yesterday just after falling 3-0 to Panama on Wednesday.
The Bahamas opened Round Robin play against Barbados but suffered a 2-1 loss. Dames scored the lone win for the team with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Stephen Slocombe.
The team followed with a 3-0 sweep over Trinidad and Tobago.
Nottage won 6-0, 6-4 over Kyle Kerry, Bowe defeated Liam Sheppard 6-3, 6-4 while Fox and Nottage defeated Alijah Leslie and Sheppard in doubles 1-6, 6-0, 10-4.
The Bahamas will face Guatemala today as the tournament continues.
The girls team struggled yesterday as well with a 3-0 loss at the hands of Aruba.
They opened play on Monday against Nicaragua with a 1-2 loss. They followed with scoreless losses to Haiti, Curacao and Aruba.
The winners of the tournament will advance to the WJT North/Central America Final in April.
National coaches for the teams are Ceron Rolle for the girls and Ricardo Demeritte for the boys.
The team is scheduled to return home February 12.