Aussie juniors debut in green and gold
Australia’s Junior Fed Cup team will contest the Asia-Oceania final qualifying competition in India this week.
India will host Australia’s top 16-and-under juniors as the Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania final qualifying tournament continues this week at R K Khanna Tennis Stadium in New Delhi.
Australia’s Junior Fed Cup team has arrived in the Indian capital, with Jeanette Lin, Kaitlin Staines and Jessica Zaviacic flying the Aussie flag and being led by captain and Tennis Australia coach Lou Pleming.
Last week, the Australian Junior Davis Cup team of Alex Crnokrak, Thomas Bosancic and Sean Van Rensburg finished fourth.
Kathryn Oyeniyi, Tennis Australia Professional Teams Manager, said Junior Davis and Fed Cup was a great opportunity for juniors to gain experience on the international stage.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our up-and-coming players to don the green and gold and compete against some of the best players in the world in their age group,” Oyeniyi said.
“They will gain solid experience working as part of a team and, with some great results behind both teams, we look forward to seeing some competitive matches over the next couple of weeks.”
The Junior Fed Cup competition will be held from 11-16 April, with the daily order of play and results available online via the ITF Juniors tournament website.
One hundred and fifty competitors aged 16-and-under, as well as officials and staff from more than 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are expected to travel to India to battle it out for a top four position and the chance to compete at the Junior Davis and Fed Cup world finals in September.
Australia has a proud history of Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup competition. Since the international teams competition began in 1985, Australia has won the Junior Davis Cup title six times, most recently in 2009, and the Junior Fed Cup title five times, most recently in 2011.
Australia finished fifth overall in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions in 2015.
Jeanette Lin, (Toorak, Vic)
Kaitlin Staines, (Forest Hill, NSW)
Jessica Zaviacic, (Melbourne, Vic)
Captain: Lou Pleming, Tennis Australia coach