Photo: Srdjan StevanovicSandra Samir (EGY)
The African Qualifying events take place in Tunis, Tunisia this week with nations from throughout the continent competing for the right to participate in the world’s premier team competitions at Under 16s and Under 14 levels.
The events, which run on 11 – 15 June, see African nations bidding to become one of two girls’ teams and the sole African boys’ team to win a spot into the prestigious Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup Finals by BNP Paribas, to be held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September.
The Under 14 Qualifying events will determine which African nations will secure one of two girls’ teams and the sole African boys’ team to win a spot in the World Junior Tennis Finals, to be held in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 5-10 August.
The event follows the conclusion of last month’s South American Final Qualifying event in Bolivia, which saw Colombia and Peru confirm their participation in the girls’ event at the World Junior Tennis Finals, whilst Argentina, Brazil and Chile progressed to the Finals in the boys’ event.
South Africa - one of just two African nations to be represented in all four events played this week - will be one of the favourites to join them in August in both the girls’ and boys’ events. However, it will face strong opposition from a trio of North African nations, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
Zimbabwe will be attempting to qualify for the Finals for the first time in its history, with a team in the girls’ event. The island nation of Madagascar, with teams participating in both the boys’ and girls’ events, will look to make its first appearance in the Finals since the inaugural competition in 1991.
In the Qualifying event for the Junior Fed Cup Finals, six teams will compete in a round robin event, with the top two teams progressing to the Finals in Mexico. Egypt qualified and finished 9th in the 2012 Junior Fed Cup Finals and will start as favourites to qualify again in 2013. Sandra Samir (EGY), who holds a ranking of 54, is the highest ranked player in the Qualifying event.
Egypt are joined by North African neighbours Morocco and the hosts, Tunisia, as well as a trio of sub-Saharan nations; Kenya, Namibia and South Africa. Both Kenya and Namibia will be aiming to qualify for the first time in the history of the competition.
In the Qualifying event for the Junior Davis Cup Finals, three nations will compete in a round robin event commencing on Wednesday, with only the top team progressing to the Finals in Mexico. Hosts Tunisia will look to amend for last year’s disappointment, having failed to qualify for the Finals in 2012, as will South Africa. The trio is completed by last year’s qualifiers, Morocco.
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