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National side suffer setback

Bermuda got off to a disappointing start in their Davis Cup Group III Americas Pool B round-robin campaign, going down to a 2-1 defeat against Honduras in their opening fixture in Costa Rica.

In the opening singles fixture, Gavin Manders suffered a straight-sets defeat to Keny Turcios, going down 6-0 in the first set before faring slightly better in the second, losing 6-2,

Neal Towlson also endured a difficult singles encounter, going down in straight sets to Jamie Bendeck, 6-3, 6-4.

Manders and Towlson then joined forces and enjoyed greater success in the doubles, beating Turcios and Alejandro Obando in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. However, it proved nothing more than a consolation as Honduras took overall victory.

Bermuda, whose team also includes Tariq Simons and Richard Mallory, find themselves in Pool B alongside Honduras, Cuba, Jamaica, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago. Next for Bermuda is a fixture against Jamaica today, before taking on Cuba on Friday.

The tournament consists of 11 teams, also including Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands, split into two pools, with the top two teams gaining promotion to Americas Zone 2.

The tournament will run until June 23.