24 Sep 2013

Junior Davis Cup - Boys ready to do battle

News Article

By Max Woodward

Photo: Susan MullaneThe Norwegian Junior Davis Cup team

The draws for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals were made on Monday afternoon, completing the preparations for the start of play tomorrow.

The players were announced to members of the public and the press who had gathered at the Club Libanes in San Luis Potosi. They then made their way onto the stage to pose for the photographers before taking their seats. After each nation in both competitions had made their way down, Rosie Cheng, New Zealand’s No. 1 for this weekend, took to the stage in order to deliver the players’ oath. Then, following a few speeches from the dignitaries gathered at the event, the tournaments were declared open and the draw began.

The draw for the Junior Fed Cup Finals went first and you can find out the results of that here.

Following the culmination of the Fed Cup draw, the draw for the Junior Davis Cup began. Russia, the top seeds for the event, were placed in line 1 of Group A with Korea Rep., the second seeds, were placed on line 1 of Group D. After this, the each team was drawn from the trophy. There are a few regulations in place so that no group contains more than 2 European teams and 2 teams from any of the other regions cannot be placed in the same group.

There was an historic moment for the Norwegian side when they were drawn from the trophy as this year marks their first appearance in the history of this competition. Tomorrow will also be a big day for Casper Ruud, Norway’s No. 2 player and the son of Christian Ruud, who reached a career high ranking of No. 39 and was awarded a Davis Cup Commitment Award. Casper will be looking to follow in his father’s footsteps when he pulls on that Norwegian shirt.

Norway have been handed a competitive draw containing hosts Mexico and a German side boasting Alexander Zverev, the world No. 2 in the Junior rankings.

The Groups for the round-robin event, which starts tomorrow, are as follows:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D
Korea Rep.
South Africa