Team Bahamas in the win column


BAHAMAS girls and boys teams at the Jr Billie Jean King and Davis Cup in Guatemala with coaches Marion Bain and Bradley Bain.

BAHAMAS girls and boys teams at the Jr Billie Jean King and Davis Cup in Guatemala with coaches Marion Bain and Bradley Bain.

As of Tuesday, February 28, 2023


BAHAMAS doubles team of Jackson Mactaggart and Jerald Carroll pose at left with their opponents.


JACKSON MACTAGGART, Jerald and William McCartney.

#THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s national team won their first match of the International Tennis Federation’s Junior Davis Cup tie against Jamaica in Guatemala yesterday.

#Jackson Mactaggart and Jerald Carroll pulled off a 6-2, 6-4 decision in doubles action to seal the victory.

#The Bahamas split their singles matches. William McCartney lost 6-2, 6-4, but Carroll won 6-3, 6-2 to set the stage for the doubles. Bradley Bain is coaching the boys’ team.

#The girls’ team, which is being coached by Marion Bain, is playing in the Junior Billie Jean King Cup.

#The players on the team are Jalisa Clarke, BreAnn Ferguson and Sapphire Ferguson.

#The week-long tournament, featuring 12 nations in the Jr BJK Cup and 27 in the Jr Davis Cup, will run through Saturday.

Roberts hosts clinic for BLTA juniors

JUSTIN ROBERTS (fourth from left) hosted a one-day clinic at the National Tennis Centre for junior players in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.

Photos: Terrel W Carey Sr/Tribune Staff

JUSTIN ROBERTS (fourth from left) hosted a one-day clinic at the National Tennis Centre for junior players in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association. Photos: Terrel W Carey Sr/Tribune Staff

As of Wednesday, July 24, 2019


#Senior Sports Reporter

#FRESH off his first International Tennis Federation men’s doubles and singles titles in a span of one week, Justin Roberts returned home for a brief break before he heads out today to represent the Bahamas at the Pan American Games.

#During his stay, Roberts hosted a one-day clinic at the National Tennis Centre for junior players in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.

#Among those who participated were Jasmine Thompson, Michael Major Jr, Miguel Smith, Sydney Clarke, Sarai Clarke, Kaylee Kanuka and Bonny Xavier.


Sydney Clarke in action at the one-day clinic.

#The 2-3 hour session, according to Roberts, was a lot of fun.

#“I remember when I was hitting the ball with Jason Taylor and Marvin Rolle and all these guys, so to really put something on for them was really special,” Roberts said. “It was a good feeling. I enjoy it.”

#Roberts, 22, said his accomplishments in Mexico were as a result of his hard work and persistence over the past year and-a-half coming back from his wrist injury.

#“It was a good feeling,” said Roberts about winning his first singles title on Sunday, a week after he won the doubles title with Jody Maginley from Antigua and Barbuda. “I had a lot of comeback wins, a lot of three and a half matches, so it was a big relief, a lot of joy. It was unbelievable.

#He picked up his first singles title coming out of the qualifying round where he had to play two matches in one day to get into the main draw.


#“I played seven matches in seven days in the heat in Mexico,” he recalled. “The guy I played was expected to win, but a lot of things just worked in my favour. I’m just glad that I got the win.”

#The week before winning his singles title, Roberts and Maginley pulled off their first doubles crown. They have been playing together since they were junior players. So it was gratifying to finally get their first one at the pro ranks.

#“He’s my boy. I’ve been playing with him since I was 12-13. We have a good chemistry on the court,” Roberts said. “We finally won a championship over there. It was disappointing that we had two first-round losses, but to win a title with him was good for sure.”

#Major Jr, one of the rising young male players, said he enjoyed being a part of the camp. “I felt he was able to help me with my serve. He told me some things to do that I didn’t know,” he said. “All around, I think he’s a good person and a good role model for me.”

#Having viewed Roberts’ performances in Mexico, Major Jr said he left him impressed. “I feel good because he fought,” Major Jr noted. “From the scores that I saw, it showed that he never gave up and he taught us to go out there and stick with it until the end of the match.”

#Once he can implement some of the things he was instructed by Roberts, Major Jr said he can definitely improve his game.

#Sydney Clarke, who participated in the clinic with her younger sister Sarai, thanked Roberts for taking the time out to share his knowledge with them. “It’s a great opportunity to be a part of this camp. It was wonderful for him to work with me. I really appreciate it. I felt I learned a lot today and it was great to work out with him. It was very good,” said Clarke, the Bahamas’ top female junior player.

#If there was anything that she could apply to her game, it was making the adjustment to the weather conditions with her footwork. “I realised that you can’t slack off, you have to always keep moving your feet,” she pointed out. “When you are in trouble, you could always rely on your feet, so that was something that I learned today.”

#Having watched Roberts achieve his double dose of victories in Mexico, Roberts said she was very impressed because he was out there trying to keep the Bahamas on the map in the sport.

#“I was very excited for him and I hope that he continues to do very well because I’m looking up to him,” she pointed out. “I’m looking to one day be just like him, playing and winning on the pro circuit.”

#BLTA president Darnette Weir was on hand to view the clinic. “It’s always nice to have players giving back to associations and Justin’s appearance here is coming off the heels of his victory in singles after he won in doubles,” said Weir about Roberts’ dual performance that took place in two separate M15 Cancun tennis tournaments in Mexico.

#“Even before he played those matches in Mexico, he had agreed to do these clinics, so it was great timing. And it’s being done just before he goes off to represent the Bahamas at the Pan American Games, so it’s great timing.”

#Roberts is scheduled to leave town today along with Baker Newman and coach Derron Donaldson for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, July 26 to August 11.

#“My expectations are that the team does its best. Whether they come out with a gold, silver or bronze or whatever, once both players Baker and Justin do their best, that’s all we could ask for.”

#Roberts said it will be an honour for him to represent the Bahamas at the Pan Am Games. “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time,” said Roberts, who was hoping to do so at the Davis Cup level, but was denied a spot because he didn’t play in the BLTA’s Giorgio Baldacci open in December.

#“So to be a part of this is something special for me.”

#He’s hoping his success in Mexico will propel him in Peru next week. “I just have confidence that I can go there and cause some damage,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of good players (participating), but we have a good chance. I think we have some really good players, so we are going to go out there and do some good things over there.”

#After he’s done with the Pan Ams, Roberts intends to play a few more pro tournaments before he returns to school to complete his final semester so that he can complete his studies at Arizona State University.

#By January, he expects to hit the pro circuit full time.

Blta Officers’ Election All Set For July 4

As of Wednesday, June 17, 2020


#Senior Sports Reporter

#AMIDST the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association is planning to host its election of officers on Saturday, July 4, at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.

#The election is scheduled to take place between the hours of 3-6 pm.

#While current president Darnett Weir is not planning on seeking another two-year term in office, council member Perry Newton is the first candidate to throw his name in the hat to take over.

#“I was just waiting on the date to be released before I announced my intention to run,” said Newton, who is also now a certified coach in the association.

#“Over the last several years working in the association, I saw a lot of potential and I’ve seen what has been done and I’ve seen the opportunities that we can continue to grow.”

#Newton said he was inspired to offer himself for service because of his involvement in the junior development programme where he saw all the new kids that took advantage of the free lessons and their enthusiasm and eagerness and excitement of the sport.

#“This encouraged me to want to ensure that tennis is available for all,” he stated. “This is not just a sport but a pathway for so many young people and young at heart.”

#While there has not been any others coming forth to run, Newton has compiled a team called “Bahamas Tennis Stability,” which will focus on the growth and development of tennis throughout the islands of the Bahamas.

#Joining Newton on the team are Natishkah Barrett as the candidate for first vice president, Chilean Burrows as candidate for the second vice president, John Laramore as candidate for general secretary, Michael Butler as candidate for assistant secretary; Timothy Dames as candidate for treasurer; Yvette Godet as candidate for assistant treasurer and Cameel McDonald, Bernard Clarke, Tara Mactaggart, Everette Munroe and Stephen Taylor as candidates for council members.

#“The team is a very dynamic team, a very diverse team,” Newton said.

#“Everyone has a lot of enthusiasm and we share one common goal for the development of tennis in the Bahamas.

#“This team is inclusive of the Bahamas. I was trying to get a representation from across the Bahamas. On this team, I have the president from the Grand Bahama Tennis Association, the president from the Abaco Tennis Association and the president of a local tennis club. These are individuals who have tennis at heart. They are proven workers and they want to continue the growth of the sport.”

#In their manifest, the team states that they hope to create a sustainable environment means ensuring that they attract new junior and senior athletes to the sport of tennis, design programs that further assist with the development of existing athletes, develop impactful relationships with new sponsors as well as training new coaches and officials which will all aid in strengthening the future of tennis in the Bahamas.

#Their team’s vision is to “create and maintain an environment which fosters and encourages the growth and sustainability of the sport of tennis throughout the Bahamas.”

#And their mission is to “create programs and opportunities while removing barriers thereby making tennis accessible throughout the entire Bahamas.”

#Here’s a synopsis of the candidates:

#Newton has held various posts in the tennis arena including Public Relations Officer, Treasurer and Council Member of the BLTA, Director and Treasurer of the National Tennis Centre (NTC).

#He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in management and a minor in computer science. He is in the final stages of completing a Masters of Business Administration.

#Newton has also completed the Play Tennis Certification and Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players (Level 1) Certification, which was offered by the ITF/BLTA. He enjoys playing his bass guitar and playing tennis with his lovely wife Esther Newton.

#Barrett began playing tennis at the age of 22 years old and was in love with the sport ever since. In the last 10 years, she became more acquainted with the local and national tennis community which first began by, from time to time, organizing tennis functions in Grand Bahama followed by being elected, in 2015, the President of the Grand Bahama Tennis Association (GBTA).

#Barrett objectives include introducing as many persons as possible to tennis, retaining players, creating friendly and competitive opportunities for persons to come together and improve their tennis skills, promoting and organizing educational opportunities as well as cultivating unity among the tennis professionals in Grand Bahama and by extension, the Bahamas.

#By profession, she is a practicing accountant in Grand Bahama. She has two children.

#Burrows is a consummate professional, having joined the Public Service in March 1992. In August 2003 she joined the staff of the Ministry of Education, Scholarship & Educational Loan Division as an Educational Loan and Scholarship Officer and was subsequently promoted to the position of Senior Educational Loan and Scholarship Officer in January 2006.

#Burrows was later promoted to the post of First Assistant Secretary, and along with that promotion came the responsibility of the head of the Scholarship & Educational Loan Division. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, graduating (magna cum laude) from Florida International University.

#She is married to Mr Anthony Burrows Sr. and is the proud mother of one son Anthony Jr, a tennis player.

#Laramore is an Apple Certified Consultant at Mac Consultants Limited in Nassau, Bahamas. He received his training at Apple, Inc. Certified Centers in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Boston, Massachusetts; San Francisco, California; Richmond, Virginia; and Miami, Florida.

#Laramore is also a proud member of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Civil Society Bahamas, an umbrella organization that represents the interests of all the non-profit and non-governmental organizations in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the honor society of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

#He currently resides in New Providence with his wife Marcia and son John-Thomas.

#Butler was born the seventh son to Eugene and Lottie Butler. He attended and graduated from Government High School, Nassau Bahamas and Highland Park College, Michigan. He is a former semi professional baseball player and also a former member of the Bahamas national baseball and softball teams, a career investment banker and financial regulator.

#He is the current president of Southwest Tennis Club and coordinator of its after-school Play n Stay program and has completed the Play Tennis Certification and Coaching Beginner and Intermediate Players (Level 1) Certification offered by the ITF/BLTA as well as obtaining his Level 1 Mental Coaching Certification offered by the BOC in conjunction with Carroll Consultancy Group.

#Butler is also a former president of the Bahamas Bankers Athletic Association.

#Dames is the last of 10-siblings of Victoria Katura Dames. He is married to Ethel Mae Moss and has two daughters, Dr. Caron Finlay and Carol Dames.

#He attended St Bede’s Catholic School, Eastern Senior School and Nassau Technical School. After employment at Standard Plumbing in 1968 as an apprentice in their air conditioning department, and working as a technician at John S. George from early 1970 to July 1973 Dames ventured out into his own business, Tim’s Refrigeration, which he is still operating to this date. ​

#Dames has proudly served as a member of the parish council, president of the men’s ministry and the parish building committee. He is also a charter member and a past president of the Rotary Club Of New Providence. His hobbies are fishing and lawn tennis. ​

#Godet is a 1991 graduate of Aquinas College. She has extensive experience in the Financial Services Industry. Her career began at the Accounting Firm of Ernst & Young as a Staff Accountant. She then joined Butterfield Trust Bahamas Limited, a private Bank and Trust Company.

#Godet is currently employed with a leading offshore bank as a Fiduciary Officer. She holds an Associate’s degree in Accounting Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, Banking Certificate and is a member of the Society of Trust & ​Estates Practitioners. ​

#She is married and has two children. She, along with her daughter, are members of the BLTA. Her hobbies include Traveling & Event Planning.

#McDonald is the president of the Abaco Tennis Association (ATA). She was introduced to the game of tennis in 2015 and took on the responsibility of forming an association with the hopes of getting communities, schools, churches, club resorts and families involved.

#She was born in Jamaica, but moved to the Island of Abaco in 2004. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and is currently the Executive Assistant Manager at a Private Resort called the Abaco Sporting Club.

#Clarke is a 1983 graduate of Government High School and a 1988 graduate of Prairie View A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He is a Senior Food Technologist at the Ministry of Agriculture.

#Clarke is a 10-year member of the BLTA and a founding member of TPAC (Tennis Parent Action Committee). He is also a member of Southwest Tennis Club and is the father of top junior female tennis players, Sydney, who is ranked at 261 by the ITF and toured the English-speaking Caribbean and Florida junior ITF Circuit with her.

#Mactaggart is an enthusiastic supporter of tennis at all levels. As the mother of competitive juniors Jackson and Patrick, Mactaggart is familiar with the junior tennis circuits in the Bahamas and internationally. She is an active member of the International Tennis Club (IC) of the Bahamas.

#On the court, Mactaggart is a competitive club player. She has won Bahamas Senior Nationals titles in ladies and mixed doubles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University, and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics (London, UK).

#A lawyer by profession, Mactaggart worked in private law practice in Canada and banking and financial services in the Bahamas. She believes strongly in the awesome power of sport to inspire and unite people and communities.

#Munroe is an avid fan of tennis and has been for many years. He has also been intimately involved with Tennis as both a player and a roving umpire for the past 14 years.

#Munroe’s dream and hopes are to see as many young players become involved with tennis as players and beyond, even to the level of Grand Slam Champions.

#Taylor has been an educator for the past thirty six years (36). He began his career in August 1984 at Saint Cecilia’s Primary School after receiving an Associate Degree in Education from North West Community College, Powell, Wyoming.

#He taught grades three (3) and five (5) until 1987 when he requested academic leave to further his studies. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

#In 1989, Taylor was assigned to teach fourth grade at Saint Thomas More Primary School. He taught at Saint Thomas More until June 1998 when he was appointed Administrative Assistant at Saint Cecilia’s Primary School. During his tenure at Saint Thomas More, Taylor continued to upgrade and educate himself by pursuing a master’s degree in Elementary School Administration during the summer vacation periods. In July 1998 he completed the program.

#Taylor’s hobbies include playing tennis, reading novels, watching professional sports such as tennis, basketball, football and track and field. He continually updates his educational knowledge by attending educational conferences and workshops. He is married and is a proud father of one son, Johnathan.