Australia’s top 14/u boys competing at World Junior Tennis Finals
Aussie juniors Zachary Viiala, Alexander Despoja and Andre Filip are currently competing in the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in the Czech Republic.
Australia’s top 14-and-under boys are currently competing at the prestigious ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic from 5 to 10 August 2019.
Juniors Zachary Viiala (WA), Andre Filep (NSW), and Alexander Despoja (SA), captained by National Academy coach Damien Ward, earned their place in the finals after finishing second at the Asia / Oceania qualifying tournament in Malaysia in April.
The seventh-seeded Australian team face fierce competition from 15 of the world’s top junior tennis nations including  Czech Republic,  USA,  Japan,  Argentina,  France,  Bulgaria,  Croatia, Germany, Canada, China, Peru, Thailand, Egypt, Brazil and Romania.
The competition format has started with a round-robin stage with the respective top two nations from each pool to be selected for the knock out quarterfinals before the World Junior Tennis champion is determined.
“The World Junior Tennis Finals are an important part of the player development pathway, providing invaluable experience to compete against the world’s best countries,” Team captain Damian Ward said.
“Players and teams are also given a chance to travel internationally, giving them more of a taste of what it’s like to be a professional player travelling on the tour. It’s a great opportunity for players to build relationships with their tennis peers who I’m sure they will see for years to come.”
The team worked hard in preparation for the event, completing a three-week stint in Europe competing in Netherlands and Germany.
The Australians have been drawn in Pool A and won their first tie against Romania 2-1, lost the second tie to Brazil 1-2 and will face top seeds the Czech Republic for a place in the quarterfinals. The top two teams from the four pools will earn a place in the quarterfinals.
Australian 14-and-under World Junior Tennis team
Zach Viiala – (Nedlands, WA)
Andre Filip – (Mount Colah, NSW)
Alex Despoja – (Hawthorndene, SA)
Team captain – Damien Ward (WA)
Notable Australian tournament results from 2019
14, Mount Colah, NSW
14, Nedlands, Western Australia
14, Hawthorndene, South Australia
The ITF World Junior Tennis tournament is the premier international team competition for players aged 14-and-under. For more information visit the ITF Junior Tennis website here.