Photo: Susan MullaneDarya Kasatkina (RUS)
European pre-qualifying for Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas gets underway on Wednesday, with last year’s junior Davis Cup winners Spain and junior Fed Cup winners Russia heading the list of nations competing in the boys’ and girls’ 16 and under regional qualifying team event on 30 July – 1 August.
The boy’s pre-qualifying event, also known as the Borotra Cup, and the girl’s pre-qualifying event (the Helvetie Cup), sees European nations battle to finish in the top two spots across four separate zones in a bid to progress to the European final qualifying event on 4-6 August.
One of five regional qualifying competitions across the globe, the European qualification event acts as a pre-cursor to the Junior Davis Cup/Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where the top 16 boys’ and girls’ teams from across the globe will go head-to-head on 23-28 September.
European nations have dominated the junior Davis Cup in Mexico over the past three years, with Great Britain, Italy and Spain triumphing in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Russia, meanwhile, has won the junior Fed Cup title for three of the last five years, with those triumphs punctuated by glory for Australia in 2011 and USA in 2012.
Spain defeated Korea, Rep. 2-1 in last year’s boys’ final, while Russia swept to a 2-0 victory over Australia when this year's junior Roland Garros champion Darya Kastkina won the decisive rubber in the girls’ final.