IC North American Junior Challenge
September 9 - 10, 2011, Toronto, Canada
Press Release: September 10, 2011
After a great start where our juniors defeated both Mexico and the USA we have had an exciting final day with some great tennis and some very closely fought matches.
In the opening top singles matches Kevin Major lost a close match to the Canadian number one but our number one girl Simone Pratt came through in her own close match. Our number two girl Danielle Thomson played a very strong Canadian ranked in the world's top 250 under 18's who managed to beat Danielle putting us 2-1 down. In the final singles Christian Cargill reversed a first set loss of 6-1 with a creditable comeback 6-1 victory in the second set leaving a 10 point tiebreak to decide the match. This unfortunately went to Canada.
This gave Canada a 3-1 lead meaning The Bahamas had to win both doubles if we were to have a chance of beating The Canadians. Once again our boys team of Kevin Major and Christian fought back from losing the first set to take the second and put the match into a 10 point tiebreak. Unfortunately, the Canadians performed at their best in this to take the tiebreak and at almost the same moment the girls lost their match too sealing the victory for Canada.
In the other match it was a very close victory for Mexico over the USA. So the final results were:
1. Canada 2 The Bahamas 3. Mexico 4 The USA
IC President and team captain Kit Spencer commented, "The Bahamas can be very proud of its IC Junior team who but for losing two tie breaks could well have been the winner of this event. The team had two great wins over the USA and Mexico. Our juniors competed strongly throughout all their matches giving 100% effort and were a credit to The Bahamas both on and off the courts. The whole event was played in the great spirit of the IC motto "Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean". The spirit among all the teams was excellent and as one of the juniors summing up the event said, "It was awsome". I am sure the beginnings of many friendships have been made that will endure across the tennis world and their tennis rivalries".