Giorgio Baldacci nationals get underway at national tennis center
The Giorgio Baldacci Open National Championships got underway on Monday at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) National Tennis Centre and will run through Thursday.
Picking up wins on the opening day of competition and advancing to the quarterfinals in the men’s draw were Kevin Major Jr., Marvin Rolle, Anthony Burrows Jr., Jacobi Bain, Denali Nottage, Savano Hanna, Rodney Carey Jr. and Dentry Mortimer Jr.
Advancing to the semifinals on the women’s side were Sydney Clarke, Elana Mackey, BreAnn Ferguson and Jalisa Clarke.
Among the men, Kevin Major Jr. turned back Michael Major Jr. in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0. Marvin Rolle defeated Phillip Major Jr. in a tough three setter, 2-6, 6-3 and 7-6(4). Anthony Burrows Jr. prevailed over Rudy Williams by way of walkover, Jacobi Bain prevailed over Baker Newman in the same fashion, Denali Nottage took care of Sharano Hanna in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1, Savano Hanna won by walkover over Spencer Newman, Rodney Carey Jr. prevailed by the same way over Jody Turnquest and Dentry Mortimer Jr. took out Cailan Bowe in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-0.
In the quarters, Major will take on Mortimer, Rolle will battle Burrows, Carey will take on Bain and Nottage will battle Hanna.
On the women’s side, in the quarters, top seeded Sydney Clarke took down Simone Pratt in three sets, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4. BreAnn Ferguson won over Caila Bowe, 7-5 and 6-1. Jalisa Clarke took out Genesis Missick, 6-2 and 6-0, and Elana Mackey defeated Saphirre Ferguson, 6-0 and 6-0.
In the semis, Sydney Clarke will take on Ferguson and Jalisa Clarke will battle Mackey.
Overall, there was reported to be great competition on the first day of the open nationals. The tournament is being held in a single elimination format, played to a best-of-three tiebreak sets and the finalists in both the men’s and women’s draws will qualify to compete in the 2023 Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup competitions.
The event is sponsored by RMS Insurance Agents & Brokers and Fidelity Bank & Trust.