Photo: Srdjan StevanovicAustralia Junior Fed Cup & Davis Cup team relaxing
The Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event takes place in Gimcheon, Korea, Republic for the first time this week as sixteen boys and girls teams take part.
The best performing nations at the event, which runs on 22-27 April, will progress to the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, the premier international team event for players aged 16 and under, that takes place in San Luis Potosi in Mexico on 24-29 September.
Last year, Australia, China, Japan and Korea, Republic’s boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for both the Junior Davis and Fed Cup finals and each will be bidding to achieve the feat again this year.
Host nation Korea, Republic is seeded No. 1 in the boys event, showcasing a line-up which consists of exactly the same players who won the Under 14s World Junior Tennis Finals back in 2011. Japan is seeded second while Australia, who finished runner-up to Italy in last year’s Junior Davis Cup final, is seeded third, with India fourth.
Australia, also the best performing team from the Asia/Oceania region last year in the Junior Fed Cup Finals after reaching the final four, is seeded No. 1 in the girls event, with Chinese Taipei No. 2, India No. 3 and Korea No. 4.
The competition format opens with four round robin groups to determine which nations go through to either the 1-8 or 9-16 positional play-offs, with the top four boys teams and top three girls teams in the former category earning a prestigious place in Mexico.
All the results from this week’s action can be found here.