Four-Member Tennis Team Selected To Contest Billy Jean King Cup

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By Neto Baptiste

A four-member team will represent Antigua and Barbuda at this year’s Billy Jean King Cup slated for July 18-22 in Panama.

Selene Kentish, Ariel Kelsick, Janae George Alexander and Samaar Davis will fly the country’ flag at the singles and team event which is the female equivalent.

President of the Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA), Cordell Williams, said the team was selected based on the performance of the players on the collegiate circuit, while matches played in Antigua and Barbuda were also taken into consideration.

“We have a number of girls in university and high school and we had some practice matches. Two of our better players in Sibley Charles and Brasha Dyer, they didn’t quite make it and we tried everything to get Sibley but that did not materialise.

“Brasha is now at AUA so she doesn’t spend enough playing tennis anymore because of studying, so two of the girls on the team, Samaar David and Selene Kentish are in university. Ariel Kelsick is in a junior high school in Georgia and Janae George Alexander is our top girl on the island,” he said.

Williams, who will travel as team captain (coach), said the aim is to give the players an opportunity to experience the games at that level.

“This tournament basically is to get the girls the experience so when they go back to school they can actually develop their game. It’s going to be played on clay court and as you know we don’t have any here so it is going to be a challenge even for them to adjust to the clay court,” he said.

The Antigua and Barbuda team is scheduled to leave for Panama on July 15.

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