10 Aug 2017

Czechs, Russia qualify for Junior Davis/Fed Cup Finals

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Photo: Srdjan StevanovicRussia's Junior Fed Cup team

Czech Republic’s boys’ and Russia’s girls’ teams headlined the qualification events for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals on 7-9 August.

The Czech boys’ team, which has not made its mark on the Junior Davis Cup Finals since finishing runner-up in back-to-back years in 2004 and 2005, secured its place in the prestigious year-end Finals on 19-24 September after a strong performance across the two European pre-qualifying and qualifying events.

Led by Jonas Forejtek and Dalibor Svrcina, the Czechs finished runner-up in their pre-qualifying event in Latiano, Italy before going undefeated at this week’s final qualifying event in Le Touquet, France.

They will be joined in September’s Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest, Hungary by Croatia, Italy, Belgium and Russia, who sealed the remaining four qualification spots amongst the European nations. Hungary lost early in its pre-qualifying event in Vinaros, Spain, but, as hosts, will automatically feature in both boys’ and girls’ events in September’s Finals.

Of the five teams to qualify for the boys’ event, Russia is the one to have made the most recent mark on the competition having won the Junior Davis Cup title last year with victory over Canada. They only narrowly squeezed through to this year’s finals though – securing the fifth and final qualification spot after defeating France in the fifth-place play-off on Wednesday.

The big surprises saw four-time Junior Davis Cup champions France and five-time winners Spain fail to qualify.

Meanwhile, four-time Junior Fed Cup winners Russia set the tone for another strong campaign in September after they qualified in first place for the Finals, led by Kamilla Rakhimova and Daria Frayman.

France, Italy, Hungary and Ukraine also finished in the top five qualification positions at the girls’ final qualifying event in Budapest.

Belarus, who won the Junior Fed Cup title in 2006, will also feature in the Finals despite finishing sixth in the final qualifying event - with an extra spot available as 4th-placed Hungary automatically earn a spot in the Finals.

Click the following links to view the full results from the boys' and girl's European final qualifying events.