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Bermuda Junior Tennis team beat Surinam to seal top-ten finish

Top-ten finish: Coach Terry Smith, left alongside Tristan Pettit, Jaden Jones and Tobiah Goodchild who are competing at the World Junior Tennis pre-qualifying tournament in Dominican Republic

Bermuda’s World Junior Tennis team sealed a top-ten finish with victory over Surinam on the penultimate day of competition in the Dominican Republic.

The three-man squad, who are playing to work out their overall finishing position, will finish at least tenth after securing a 2-1win on Friday.

Tristan Pettit got proceedings under way in ideal fashion, coming out on top of the opening singles match 6-2, 6-3, before Tobiah Goodchild wrapped up the win, prevailing in his singles match 6-2, 6-1.

Goodchild then joined forces with Jaden Jones for the final doubles match and despite winning the opening set 6-4, they lost the following 7-3, before going down 10-7 in the deciding super tie break.

Bermuda will now face Panama on Saturday, to see who will clinch ninth place overall.

“It was a bit of a mixed day,” said coach Terry Smith, who has backed Bermuda to end the tournament on a high. “We lost the doubles but the match was already won by virtue of winning both the singles matches.

“I think the length of the competition is taking its toll a little bit, with the boys admitting to feeling a little flat today. However, they got the job done which we are all delighted about.

“That takes us to the final match for ninth and tenth place against Panama. They seem a pretty competitive team but I think we can stand up and do what is needed. The boys are upbeat and so they will go at it as tough as they can.

“Hopefully the boys can tie up some of the loose play they had in some areas and regain our focus. It is the last day so hopefully we can come out on top.”

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Published March 11, 2023 at 7:49 am (Updated March 11, 2023 at 7:49 am)

Bermuda Junior Tennis team beat Surinam to seal top-ten finish

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