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Bermuda get Davis Cup campaign off to winning start with 3-0 sweep of Haiti

Bermuda’s No 1-ranked player, Tariq Simons, clinched the island’s win in his singles match during Americas group four Davis Cup action in Trinidad & Tobago yesterday (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Bermuda made the perfect start to their Davis Cup campaign in Trinidad & Tobago yesterday.

The No 1 seeds recorded a 3-0 win over Haiti on the hard courts of the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua to live up to their ranking in Americas group four pool A.

“Basically we see this as a very good start for the campaign,” Michael Wolfe, the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association president, told The Royal Gazette.

“We know that there are going to be tough matches ahead but certainly this was a good warm-up for the team.”

Trey Mallory, the Bermuda captain, got the ball rolling after dispatching James Adler Germinal 7-5, 6-2 in the opening singles match.

The University of North Carolina student broke his rival’s serve fives times and hit three aces in a match lasting 1hr 16min.

Bermuda clinched the series at the earliest opportunity after Tariq Simons recorded a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 win over Christopher Bogelin in the remaining singles match.

Simons, who held his serve throughout, capitalised on a solitary break in the first set before sweeping the board in the second despite having to sit through a rain delay.

Gavin Manders and James Finnigan then beat Junior Bazanne and Germinal 6-1, 7-6 in the doubles match to complete the sweep.

“Two good singles wins and then a good doubles win to close out the day,” Wolfe added. “So we are very pleased with the outcome and again we think it was a good warm-up for the tougher matches ahead.”

Honduras and Antigua & Barbuda are the remaining nations competing in pool A.

Pool B consists of Cuba, Aruba, Nicaragua, US Virgin Islands and Trinidad & Tobago.

The top two teams in each group will advance to a play-off that will determine the two available spots for promotion to Americas group three.

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Published August 02, 2022 at 7:52 am (Updated August 02, 2022 at 7:52 am)

Bermuda get Davis Cup campaign off to winning start with 3-0 sweep of Haiti

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