Bermuda eliminated from ITF World Junior Championships prequalifier
Bermuda bowed out of the ITF World Junior Championships prequalifying tournament after suffering a second straight defeat in their remaining group match in El Salvador.
The island’s under-14 team of Zach McGuire, Tobiah Goodchild and Johnny Bart suffered a 3-0 defeat against group B winners Dominican Republic on the hard-court surface at the Centro Nacional De Tenis in San Salvador.
Bart lost 6-0, 6-3 to Isaac Guerrero in the opening singles match as Bermuda’s opponents seized early control of the best-of-three series.
McGuire put up a bit more resistance in the remaining singles match against Marcos Cordoba, which he ultimately lost, also in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1.
Cordoba’s win clinched both the series and the Dominican Republic’s spot in the second round of qualifying to be held in Mexico, having edged Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 in their opening group match.
Bermuda were unable to salvage anything from the doubles match, which Bart and McGuire lost 6-3, 7-6 against Guerrero and Erik Schleich.
The island were all but eliminated going into the match having suffered an identical 3-0 defeat against Trinidad & Tobago in their opening group match.
Bart and McGuire lost their singles matches against Daniel Rahaman and Kale Dalla Costa as Trinidad clinched the series at the earliest opportunity.
Goodchild and McGuire then lost the doubles match against Rahaman and Jordell Chapman as Trinidad completed the sweep.
Bermuda’s trio were all making their international debut in the Central American country, and were selected having successfully completed trials at the W.E.R. Joell Tennis Stadium last month.
They were accompanied by coach and former footballer, Neal Towlson, who was making his debut in the role.
The ITF World Junior Championships prequalifying tournament, involving 15 teams from the Concacaf region, concludes on Saturday.
• Bermuda’s Daniel Phillips and doubles partner Itai Vasershtein, of Israel, came up just shy of glory at the J5 Guatemala junior tennis tournament at the Copa Universidad Galileo in Guatemala City.
The pair finished runners-up after losing 6-2, 6-3 against Colombia’s Alejandro Bravo Diaz and Juan Pablo Patino Velasco in the final.
Phillips bowed out of the singles competition at the first hurdle earlier this week after losing to No 1 seed Roh Ho Young 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 in a gruelling contest lasting just over two hours.
The 17-year-old was on a high going into the tournament after beating Diego Duran, of El Salvador, 6-0, 6-2 in the final of the J4 Guatemala tournament at the same venue at the weekend.