Australia falls at final hurdle
Needing one more win to qualify for the semifinals, Australia's Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams fell in their final round-robin matches to miss out on progressing.
Australia’s Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup teams have been unable to qualify for the competition semifinals, going down in their final round-robin matches on Thursday in Madrid.
The Aussie boys lost 2-1, to Germany, finishing second in their pool.
Having lost both singles rubbers, the duo of Alex De Minaur and Blake Ellis restored some glory with a win in the doubles rubber.
Australia’s girls came closer, entering the decisive doubles rubber against the Czech Republic with scores locked at 1-1 after Jaimee Fourlis won her singles rubber.
But having sustained an injury to her thumb and wrist following a fall during her match, Fourlis was ruled out of the doubles.
Teammates Destanee Aiava and Seone Mendez fell to the Czech pairing in straight sets.
Both teams will play off for fifth place on Friday; the boys take on the USA while the girls tackle Japan.
Girls Group A
CZECH REPUBLIC (1) defeated AUSTRALIA (5) 2-1
Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) d. Monika Kilnarova (CZE) 6-1 5-7 6-2
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Destanee Aiava (AUS) 6-2 6-1
Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Destanee Aiava/Seone Mendez (AUS) 6-3 6-4
Boys Group D
GERMANY (5) defeated AUSTRALIA (2) 2-1
Marvin Moeller (GER) d. Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 7-5 3-6 6-3
Nicola Kuhn (GER) d. Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-3 6-2
Alex de Minaur/Blake Ellis (AUS) d. Marvin Moeller/Maximilian Todorov (GER) 6-7(7) 7-5 6-1