04 Aug 2014

Reigning finalists drawn together in Prostejov

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Photo: Giorgio MaiozziWorld Junior Tennis 2014 draw

Last year's girls' finalists USA and Russia have been drawn in Group 1 of this year's ITF World Junior Tennis Finals at the TK Plus Centre in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 4-9 August.

The two nations contested an exciting final in 2013 and fans will be hoping to see a similar level of tennis when the two teams meet this year. Spain and India are the other teams to comprise Group 1.

Second seeds Ukraine headline Group 4 and should battle with 5th-seeded Canada for top spot in that Group. However, Egypt and China will be hoping to cause an upset or two.

Host nation Czech Republic find themselves in Group 3 of the girls' competition alongside No. 4 seeds Australia, No. 7 seeds Poland and Peru.

The other Group contains 3rd-seeded Chinese Taipei, 8th seeds Colombia, Romania and Morocco.

In the boys' event, Germany are the top seeds and they begin their campaign for a second ITF World Junior Tennis Boys' title in Group 1 alongside No. 7 seeded Argentina, Thailand and Morocco.

Last year's champions Russia are the 4th seeds in this year's event and they will face No. 8 seeds Korea Rep., Portugal and Colombia in Group 3.

2013 runners-up USA headline Group 2 and will face off against 6th-seeded Brazil, Spain and New Zealand in their bid to go one better than last year.

The other Group sees 2nd seeds Canada, No. 5 seeds Chinese Taipei, host nation Czech Republic and Poland.

Twenty-three different nations are set to take part in this year's Finals. In order to reach the Finals every nation, with the exception of the host nation, had to win through one of five regional qualifying zones: Africa, North/Central America, South America, Europe and Asia/Oceania.

Former boys’ champions Chile (2010), Australia (2007), Italy (2006), France (2005) and Great Britain (2004) are notable absentees in the boys’ competition, while former girls’ winners Slovakia (2012), Serbia (2011), Belarus (2004) and Netherlands (2002) do not feature in the girls’ event.

You can see the full draw and Monday's schedule here.