Melbourne VIC, Australia, 20 September 2014 | Tennis Australia

Australia’s Junior Fed Cup team is set to take on the world’s best at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Finals next week in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 23-28 September 2014.

Former Australian player and Tennis Australia coach Louise Pleming will lead the Junior Fed Cup team of Kimberley Birrell (Qld)Seone Mendez (NSW) and Destanee Aiava (Vic).

The team will head into the finals with some strong results. They have all reached finals in ITF Grade 2 events recently, with Aiava and Mendez winning titles in Canada and Serbia.

“The girls have just completed a five day training camp in Las Vegas with captain Louise Pleming and will head into next week in very good form,” said Professional Tennis Operations Manager at Tennis Australia Mark Edney.

“Australia has a strong tradition in Junior Fed Cup and the girls are coming into this world final with solid training and match preparation. All three are great competitors and Louise has a lot of experience mentoring our Junior Fed Cup teams.

“After finishing top place at the Asia Oceania qualifying event I expect Australia will be one of the top four seeds which will give the girls an excellent chance to make the knockout semifinals. You always need a little luck with the draw in these events.”

Australian Junior Fed Cup Team player profiles

Name Kimberly Birrell Seone Mendez Destanee Aiava
DOB 29/04/1998 15/05/1999 10/05/2000
Residence Hope Island, QLD Sydney, NSW Narre Warren, Vic
Coach Chris Mahony and John Birrell Gabriel Mendez Andrea Stoltenberg
Plays Right-handed Right-handed Right-handed
ITF ranking 28 36 61

Sixteen teams from around the world have fought their way through regional qualifying for a chance to compete at the prestigious Junior Fed Cup World Final that sees players sixteen years of age and under battle it out.

The event begins with a round-robin competition, with four groups of four teams. The winner of each group qualifies for the knockout semifinals, with remaining nations playing off for final positions.

Australia has a proud history in Junior Fed Cup with five wins since the international teams competition began in 1985. The most recent came in 2011, when Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty (Qld) led Belinda Woolcock (Vic) and Brooke Rischbieth (SA) to victory. Australia finished runner-up in 2013.

Junior Fed Cup has been the launching pad for the careers of many of the sport’s top players, including Amelie Mauresmo (FRA), Jennifer Capriati (USA) and Lindsay Davenport (USA).

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