Photo: Paul ZimmerOpening Ceremony WJT Finals 2009
The full line-up for the 2013 World Junior Tennis Finals is now confirmed following the completion of regional qualifying. The final regional qualifying events, European Final Qualifying, took place on 5-7 July in Loano, Italy and Murcia, Spain.
The World Junior Tennis Finals will take place from 5-10 August in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
The boys’ European final qualifying event took place in Spain, with eight teams battling it out for the five available spots at the World Junior Tennis Finals. Czech Republic automatically qualify as host nation.
These eight teams had come through from four separate European pre-qualifying events in which 64 nations were competing. With five teams going through to the World Junior Tennis finals those who made it past the quarterfinal stage had already booked themselves a place at the Finals. Russia, France, Great Britain and Italy achieved this feat, whilst the fifth place was decided by another play-off between the remaining four teams.
Turkey produced some of their best tennis to sail past Switzerland in the play-off semifinals before edging past Romania in the Finals. This is the first time Turkey has qualified for the World Junior Tennis Finals. Several players remained unbeaten in singles, including Turkey’s Ergi Kirkin and Russia’s Philip Klimov and Artem Dubrivnyy.
At the girls’ final qualifying event in Loano, Italy, five places were up for grabs at the Finals, with Czech Republic contesting the event but already assured of a place at the Finals as the host nation, leaving seven nations to fight it out for the remaining five places.
Unseeded Czech Republic were the victors, scoring two upset wins over Italy and Romania to face off against Spain in the final where they prevailed in the deciding doubles rubber. Spain came through stiff competition against Great Britain and the top seeds Russia before falling to the Czechs. As with the boys’ event all semifinalists qualified for the Finals, therefore Spain, Russia, Czech Republic and Romania had already booked themselves a place in the Czech Republic. Belarus, Great Britain, Italy and Germany were then left to battle it out for the remaining two places. Great Britain sailed past Belarus to claim their spot, while Italy posted a 2-1 win over Germany to join the Brits in the top 6.
A full list of qualified teams for the World Junior Tennis Finals can be found below:
Full results from the regional qualifying events can be found by clicking on the links below.