24 Apr 2015

Bellis headlines Junior Fed Cup event in Boca Raton

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Photo: Susan MullaneCici Bellis (USA)

CiCi Bellis is preparing to return to Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas action next week – seven months after leading USA to its third title in the competition in last year’s final in San Luis Potosi.

Bellis, who turned 16 earlier this month, was an integral part of the American team that defeated Slovakia in last year’s final and will hope to kick-start her nation’s bid for another title at the North/Central American & Caribbean Final Qualifying event in Boca Raton on 30 April-2 May.

“Every time I’ve had the opportunity to play in a team format I’ve loved it and I’ve always played so well,” Bellis said of Junior Fed Cup earlier this year. “It is just so much fun and such an honour to play for your country. I always play well at these type of events.”

Bellis, the reigning ITF World Junior Champion and current WTA world No. 173, has been nominated alongside Michaela Gordon and Kayla Day in the 16-and-under-competition for USA, who will hope to win one of just two qualification spots into this year’s Junior Fed Cup Finals in Madrid on 29 September–4 October.

Teams from Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico will be rivalling them for the right to play in the Spanish capital in a round-robin format played over three days on the green clay at the USTA training centre.

Final Qualifying for the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals also takes place at the venue in Boca Raton on 30 April-2 May.

Part of the USA team hoping to win a place in Prostejov on 3-8 August is Tyra Black - the younger sister of Tornado Alicia Black who, alongside Bellis and Sofia Kenin, helped USA clinch the Junior Fed Cup title last year. USA will be joined by Canada, Mexico and Guatemala in bidding for one of two places into this year’s ITF World Junior Tennis Finals.

The same nations are taking part in the ITF World Junior Tennis boys’ Final Qualifying event, while Aruba’s boys’ team joins Canada, USA and Mexico in competing for a place at the Junior Davis Cup Finals next week.

USA can call on another former Junior Davis Cup champion in 16-year-old Gianni Ross, who was part of the team that defeated Korea Republic in last year’s final.

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