17 March 2017 | Tennis Australia

“An honour” and “a privilege” – just two of the phrases used by members of Australia’s Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas team to describe being picked for their country in the upcoming Asia / Oceania Final Qualifying event.

Olivia Gadecki (Qld), Amber Marshall (SA) and Tayla Whitehouse (SA) will proudly pull on the green and gold in New Delhi next week, as they strive to qualify for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals.

Below, we hear from the three girls as they bid to emulate the likes of Daria Gavrilova (playing for Russia in 2009 and 2010) and Ash Barty (2011), who both have a Junior Fed Cup title on their CVs.

Olivia Gadecki

“I’m very proud for the opportunity to represent my country, as this something I’ve been working towards for many years now. Ash Barty is someone I look up to, and I know she won this very event in the past when she was coming through as a junior.

“Seeing her winning her first WTA title just a few days ago and getting to spend some time with Dasha [Gavrilova] over the summer has really paved the way for me, both on and off the court. I can’t wait to get on the court in India.”

Amber Marshall

“Being selected for the Junior Fed Cup is a great privilege, and has always been something I’ve strived for. Representing your country in tennis happens only a handful of times in your career.

“When you pull on the green and gold, you’re not only representing your country but also your friends and your family. To be one of three players aiming to get Australia through to the World Finals is a challenge I’m very much looking forward to.”

Tayla Whitehouse

“It’s an honour to be selected to represent Australia in the Junior Fed Cup. I’ve worked so hard to compete at the highest level, and it’s a dream come true. I can’t wait to wear the green and gold with pride, and I’m very excited to be part of the team.”