James Finnigan lands two titles at MTM Summer Bowl
James Finnigan, the newest member of Bermuda’s Davis Cup team, warmed up for the competition in Panama at the end of this month with two titles in the Manders Tennis Management Summer Bowl held on the weekend at the Fairmont Southampton.
Finnigan, who will make his debut in the Davis Cup Americas Group III Qualifying Tournament which starts on June 29, was in action with two of his three Bermuda team-mates in the MTM Summer Bowl. He beat Gavin Manders 7-6, 6-1 in the A final on Friday, then teamed up with Manders, the organiser of the Summer Bowl, to defeat another team-mate, Tariq Simons, and Scott Redmond in the Open Doubles final 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday.
Trey Mallory is the other member of the team who will be representing Bermuda at the rescheduled Davis Cup qualifying from Jule 29 to July 3. The team will be coached by Ricky Mallory.
“These guys are the future, Tariq and Trey have really proven themselves to be international level players while James Finnigan has been in college playing some good tennis,” Manders told The Royal Gazette last month when the team was announced.
Manders, 35, will be the senior member of the team, concentrating on doubles with Finnigan, 23. Manders has made 13 Davis Cup appearances since making his debut at age 17.
Also on Saturday, Nigel Burgess defeated Malahku Selassie 6-3, 6-2 in the B final and Vincent Boisvert defeated Morgan Lightbourne 6-1, 6-3 in the Elite B final.
In the Elite B doubles final, Lightbourne and Zoe Fisher overcame a tough challenge to beat Mark Bell and Sebastian Pukke 6-1, 3-6, 10-5.
In the Green Doubles final, Jonah Faria and Adrian Hartley-Beasley defeated Raul Maldanado and Dexter Snaith 6-3.
Junior finals saw Sebastian Pukk beat Kyan Hands 6-1, 6-4 in the boys 14 and under title match while Anika Wriedt won the 14 and under girls final with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Nadhira Durham.
In the 12 and under finals, Tristan Pettit won the boys match with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Jaden Jones, while Annika Wriedt got past Sienna Outtrim 6-2, 6-2 to win the girls title.
• UPDATE: this article has been amended to correct that it was Tristan Pettit who was the winner in the boys’ 12 and under category, and not Jaden Jones. We apologise for any inconvenience