With Bermuda having a day off in the Davis Cup competition, Coach Ricky Mallory commented about the teams performance thus far.
“We have never wavered from our main objective as a team which is remaining in Group III. In the past when coming up to Group III we would get relegated back to Group 4. Hence us wanting to remain in Group III.
I’m extremely proud of our overall performances thus far. Bermuda tennis and the community as a whole need to realize the level of tennis our boys are playing at right now. They are up against players who ranked in the top 500 ATP In the world and are definitely holding their own.
Daniel Phillips and Trey Mallory have played some amazing singles matches with a point here or there turning the matches in our favor. Not forgetting our doubles pairing of James Finnigan and Gavin Manders who have performed admirably.
We have a battle tomorrow with Panama with the winner guaranteed to remain in Group III next year.”
Meanwhile, Gavin Manders was presented with the International Tennis Federation Davis Cup Commitment Award.
Manders becomes the second Bermudian to receive the honor after Jenson Bascome in 2016, the award is presented to players who have shown long-term dedication to representing their country in the sport.