Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Top Tennis Players will compete from June 5 – 7 at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre for a spot on the National Davis Cup Team which will face the Netherland Antilles in July.
Trials should prove to be highly competitive, as the four member team selected, will be charged with the responsibility of ensuring Jamaica retains its place in the Americas Zone Group II of the Davis Cup.
National Director Douglas Burke, notes that the team selected will need to win the relegation match against the Netherland Antilles in July following their loss to Mexico earlier this year. The winner of the match will retain their Group II standing while the loser will be bumped back into Group III. “How it works is that there are four groups overall (Group I being the highest and Group IV being lowest) and teams play matches to move up in group standings. We need to try to solidify our place in Group II which consists of many highly rated Teams such as Mexico and Paraguay.”
While a number of the competitors have been busy training at Tennis Jamaica Headquarters, the competitors for the upcoming trials will not be limited to that pool as other competitors have been invited. “We anticipate more players for the Trials even though some of the players have not been training with us,” Burke explained.
Already in training are Damar Johnson, Tyler Chin, Brandon Burke, Damion Johnson, Christopher Lawson and Dominic Pagan four of whom were a part of the team that played against Mexico in March.
The Davis Cup Trials will kick off June 5 at 9:00am and will run until June 7 at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre. Following the trials, the team will play the Netherland Antilles from July 10 to 12 in Curacao.
The Davis Cup, run by the International Tennis Federation, is the largest annual team sporting event in the world with 140 nations worldwide competing.
Jamaica’s Top Tennis Players