Bicknell blazes to title
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
National junior representative Blaise Bicknell captured the ITF International Federation Under-14 singles Championships at the Jonkanoo Bowl in The Bahamas yesterday.
The 10-year-old Bicknell outclassed Joshua Turnquest of The Bahamas 6-4, 6-2 on his way to winning his first ITF Junior singles title.
Bicknell, who won the Under-12 title in the All-Jamaica Junior Tennis Championships last year, was very delighted with his performance.
"I feel very good," said Bicknell in an interview with The Gleaner from his hotel in The Bahamas. "It was a very difficult match because the guy that I was playing against was very big and strong and the conditions on the court were also very tough," he said.
"It was very windy, and so I had to play steady and I stuck to my game plan and it paid off in the end," said Bicknell, who last represented Jamaica at the World Junior Tennis Championships, which was held El Salvador in March.
Jamaica's Dimitri Bird was beaten by Turnqest in the semi-final of the Under-14 singles Championships. Bicknell and Bird then paired to defeat Nick Lines and William Way of Bermuda 6-2, 6-2 to win the doubles final.
Dimitri and Bicknell secured their place in the final, after recording an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over The Bahamas' Danny Johnson and O'Neal Mortimer.
Both players are scheduled to compete in this weekend's IVES Summer Tennis Series in Miami, Florida.