Photo: Paul ZimmerThe Championships, Wimbledon
Just over three weeks after Novak Djokovic’s second Wimbledon triumph, The All England Lawn Tennis Club is set to host the IC Council’s premier junior event; The IC U16 Junior Challenge.
The Worldwide Finals, which begin today, will be contested from 11am each day across a round-robin format concluding on Friday 1 August.
The 2014 Worldwide Finals will feature representative teams from the host nation Great Britain as well as Italy, Japan, South Africa, Argentina and USA, who qualified following a series of regional events that took place last year.
David Waite, Chairman of the IC of Great Britain, said: “It’s a great honour to host such an important event in the IC Calendar; junior players represent the lifeblood of the IC family. The IC Junior Challenge is highly competitive but it also encourages a spirit of fair play and sportsmanship among the next generation of players”.
Each IC team will be represented by two U16 boys and two U16 girls with each tie decided by two singles and one doubles match of each gender.
Kit Spencer, IC Council member and lead representative for the IC Junior Challenge, said: “This is the fifth worldwide finals since the event’s inception in 2005. It has a strong history of attracting some of the world’s best junior players and more than 600 players have now participated in both regional qualifying events and worldwide finals, with many more involved in outreach programmes”.
In keeping with the spirit of the IC, the 2014 worldwide finals also featured a clinic for underprivileged children, which was held at Wimbledon on Sunday.