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Blaise Bicknell suffers surprise loss in Lima Challenger series

Jamaica's number one ranked Tennis player Blaise Bicknell suffered a shock defeat yesterday, losing two sets to love - 6-1, 6-0 - to Argentina's Hernan Casanova in the round of 32 at the Lima Challenger series in Peru.

This, as the national team gets set to leave the island this afternoon to compete in the Group three Americas Davis Cup playoffs competition in Paraguay June 17 to 22.

Bicknell is ranked 32 places higher than Casanova, who sits at 343 in the ATP world rankings.

Jamaica will be seeking to secure one of three places to Group two playoffs of the Davis Cup when they compete against eight other teams comprising host Paraguay, Costa Rica, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic.

Three local members of Jamaica's team, Keyondre Clarke, Kyle Clarke, and Daniel Azar, along with Captain Noel Rutherford and manager Joel Jones, are scheduled to leave the island this afternoon at 3 pm for Paraguay

The team is expected to be joined by Bicknell, who will jet over from Peru and John Chin, who has been training in Miami.

There will be one pool of four teams and one pool of five teams, with the two teams finishing top of each pool being promoted alongside the nation finishing in third place.

The nation finishing bottom of Pool B will be relegated alongside the nation finishing in eighth place.



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