Jamaicans’ Failure To Advance Beyond Quarters Worries Davis Cup Coach

Jamaicans’ Failure To Advance Beyond Quarters Worries Davis Cup Coach

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Jamaica’s Davis Cup coach, Mel Spence, admits cause for concern as for the second-consecutive year, the country’s male players failed to advance past the quarter-final stage of the NCB Capital Markets Jamaica Open Tennis Championships, which is one of the biggest tournaments held in the island annually.

The country has fallen to Level Three in the Davis Cup rankings for a number of years now and with the NCB Capital Markets Open Tennis Championships featuring players from countries such as Barbados and Haiti – nations that Jamaica compete against in the sport’s premier international team event in men’s tennis, Spence says the local players’ display, especially on local-soil, is worrying.

Spence is of the view that Tennis Jamaica, the body in charge of the sport locally, needs to host more high-quality tournaments, in addition to which local players should travel and play abroad.

The semi-final of this year’s event, which ended on Sunday night at the Liguanea Club, featured Tim Smyczek of the United States, Haiti’s Olivier Sajous and the Barbados pair of Darian King and 2011 winner Hayden Lewis.

Read article at Jamaica Gleaner