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U.S. junior teams earn shot at world championship

May 3rd, 2012
Zoe Sophos

Taylor townsend - #1 ranked Jr. in the world || photo credit: luigi serraThe boys’ and girls’ World Junior Teams, the 

U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team and the U.S. Junior Fed Cup Team will all advance to the 2012 World Finals of tennis, according to a United States Tennis Association release issued April 30. All four teams went undefeated, 3-0, at the Regional Championships in Merida, Mexico the week before.

Players ages 14 and under can participate in World Junior Tennis competitions, while the Junior Davis Cup Team and Junior Fed Cup Team are for boys and girls ages 16 and under, respectively. The competitions are administered by the International Tennis Federation, which aims to “give young tennis players the opportunity to experience international competition and the unique atmosphere of playing in a team for their country,” according to the ITA website. Teams representing over 100 countries play regional qualifying tournaments to earn a spot in the annual finals. The tournaments are round-robin style with four teams in each draw, and the top two teams in each bracket will advance to the 16-nation World Finals.

The U.S. Junior Fed Cup team dropped just one set en route to sweeping nine singles and doubles matches in the qualifying tournament, and the Junior Davis Cup team fell in only two. Both the U.S. World Junior boys’ and girls’ teams lost just one of their nine matches to secure a strong win.

Stefan kozlov || photo credit: cynthia lum

The World Junior Tennis Finals are scheduled for Aug. 13 through18 in Prostejov, Czech Republic, and the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup World Finals are scheduled for Sept. 25 through 30 in Barcelona, Spain.

Former members of the U.S. junior international team include James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Denis Kudla, Christina McHale, Lisa Raymond, Andy Roddick and Sloane Stephens.

Photo 1: Taylor Townsend - current #1 ranked junior in the world || Photo Credit: Luigi Serra
Photo 2: Stefan Kozlov || Photo Credit: Cynthia Lum