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Monday, June 18, 2018
Bermuda ITF Junior Tournament Dates Announced

The Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association has announced that the 2018 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Tournament will take places at the WER Joell Tennis Stadium from October 15th – October 20th.

The ITF Junior Circuit is a series of tournaments for players aged 18 & Under, aimed at improving competitive opportunities and helping to develop a player's skills.

The 2018 Bermuda ITF Junior Open is open to players born between January 1st, 2000 and December 31st, 2005.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Bermuda Opponent Suspended in Costa Rica

Kevin Gardner went down to Trey Mallory
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is “investigating” the recent fallout between Antigua and Barbuda’s National Tennis player Kevin Gardner and Captain/Coach of the country’s Davis Cup team, Cordell Williams Sr., during this year’s staging of the event in Costa Rica.

Antigua and Barbuda came from behind to defeat Bermuda on the opening day of the Tournament received an email, from the ITF which stated that they are “investigating the circumstances of the incident” which led to Gardner’s removal and eventual ostracism from the team.

Playing in his first ever Davis Cup match, Bermuda’s Trey Mallory would come off the court recording a straight sets win over Gardner 7-6, 6-2 to give Bermuda the lead.

Efforts to reach Williams Sr. who is also President of the Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA) for a comment on this latest development proved futile as calls to his mobile went unanswered. WhatsApp messages to his phone were also unanswered.

Vice President, Peter Quinn, offered no comment on the matter.

According to the communique, the parties involved in the issue are being consulted and the findings will be communicated on completion of the investigation.

Gardner, during a team meeting in Costa Rica, squabbled with Williams Sr. over whether he was right to record the proceedings without the knowledge and consent of those present.

It is also alleged that Williams Sr. had threatened to remove Gardner from the doubles team and replace him with Cordell Williams Jr., his son.

Gardner was subsequently removed but replaced with the country’s top seed, Jody Maginley. It was reported that the association wrote a letter to the tournament referee in Costa Rica, claiming that Gardner was injured and could not continue in the tournament. Gardner denied he was ever injured.

The player was eventually allowed to leave Costa Rica ahead of the team’s scheduled departure after claims of being unable to train with the other players and having limited to no communication with both Williams Sr. and other members of the team.

Quinn subsequently denied Gardner’s claims, accusing the player of fabricating stories.

This year’s incident was not the first involving the tennis association and the player.

In 2017, Gardner was temporally barred from representing Antigua and Barbuda.

Reports are that Gardner was slated to join other members of the team in Miami where they were scheduled to visit the Uruguayan embassy in hopes of acquiring visas granting them entry into Uruguay.

The player however failed to show for the scheduled appointment, leaving the country with a three-member team in Uruguay.

Gardner had denied the allegations that he opted out of representing the twin-island state at the prestigious international tournament, claiming that the association did not purchase a ticket for his travel from North Carolina to Miami in the USA.
Saturday, June 02, 2018
Bermuda Finish 9th in Davis Cup Americas Division III
Bermuda finished the Davis Cup Americas Division III in 9th place.

The Bermuda’s Men’s Davis Cup team featured Gavin Manders, David Thomas, Jenson Bascome and Trey Mallory.

Bermuda finished with a record of 1 win and 11 defeats.

Bermuda’s first and only win came from Mallory playing in his first ever Davis Cup match.

National Tennis Director/Davis Cup coach Ricky Mallory said, “The decision made by the Association to rebuild the team and inject juniors into the team paid off with Mallory winning his match playing at #2 against Antigua & Barbuda’s Kevin Gardner; defeating him 7-6, 6-2.
Friday, June 01, 2018
Bermuda Fall to Bahamas in Davis Cup

Having taking a Day Off Bermuda’s Men’s Davis Cup team featuring Gavin Manders, David Thomas, Jenson Bascome and Trey Mallory returned to action competing in the Americas Division III Pool B going on in Costa Rica.

Game Day Four saw Bermuda in action against the Bahamas going down 3 - 0.

Bermuda were 1 – 0 down after a 59 minute battle that saw Mallory fall in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to Jody Turnquest.

Thomas then went down in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 to Baker Newman in a 1 hour and 10 minute battle.

In the Doubles battle Bascome and Mallory fell in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 to Philip Major and Marvin Rolle.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Bermuda's Go Down to Honduras in Davis Cup

David Thomas
Bermuda’s Men’s Davis Cup team featuring Gavin Manders, David Thomas, Jenson Bascome and Trey Mallory continued competing in the Americas Division III Pool B going on in Costa Rica.

Day Three saw Bermuda in action against Honduras going down 3 - 0.

Bermuda found themselves down 1 – 0 after Trey Mallory fell in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 to Keny Turcios in a match that lasted 40 minutes.

Bermuda was down 2 – 0, after David Thomas fell 6-2, 6-1 in a 57 minute battle to Jaime Bendeck.

The Bermuda Doubles team of Bascome and Mallory went down in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 to Bendeck and Alkejandro Obando.

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