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Junior Davis Cup team bow out with a win over Nicaragua

Junior Davis Cup team flying the flag in Guatemala

Bermuda rounded off their Junior Davis Cup campaign with a win after defeating Nicaragua 2-1 to finish 11th in the tournament in Guatemala.

The team of Sebastian Pukk, Vinny Boisvert and Zach McGuire went unbeaten in four games after narrowly losing their first two group matches and again showed plenty of skill and grit in their final encounter.

Pukk overcame a slight muscle strain to overwhelm his opponent 6-0, 6-0 in the opening singles game before captain Vinny Boisvert lost in a tiebreak to leave the match tied going into the doubles, in which Boisvert and McGuire ran out easy winners.

Coach Steve Bean has been impressed with his young side and was delighted they bowed out with a win.

“I’ve been very pleased with their efforts and attitude on and off the court, and they deserve the results they got,” Bean said.

“It was interesting because Sebastian had a slight pull to his abdominal muscle and could not serve like he wanted to as he was experiencing some pain.

“Because of the maturity in his game, he realised that what he had to do was be consistent and when he got on top of his opponent, the young player pretty much destroyed himself.

“Vinny played a worthy opponent who had a big serve, a big forehand and was very consistent, so it was a tough match. Vinny had a lot of problems with his serve and we spoke about it afterwards and felt that if he had served a little better, he may have pulled the match out, but he wasn’t discouraged.

“He came back out in the doubles with Zach and won 6-0, 6-2. Zach and Vinny have proved to be a formidable doubles team. I can see them doing well in the future. They compliment each other’s style pretty well and they are probably one of the more sound doubles team here.

Bean was keen to reserve special praise for McGuire, who could take more of a leadership role next year

“Zach has been a pillar in this and he is the future of this Davis Cup team as he will be the only one able to play again next year because of his age,” Bean said.

“With him captaining the team next year, we will be in good hands as he sets a good example.”

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Published March 05, 2023 at 1:08 pm (Updated March 06, 2023 at 5:20 pm)

Junior Davis Cup team bow out with a win over Nicaragua

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