Canada’ Junior Davis Cup team takes the no.1 spot in our Top 10 of 2015! Tenacious and determined, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Benjamin Sigouin and captain Oded Jacob made history when they led the nation to the highest honours at the 16-and-under tournament for the very first time. The showdown was held in Madrid on the clay courts of La Caja Magica, which hosts an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier event.
The favourites to win, the Canadians played a flawless tournament and arrived at the final with a perfect 12-0 record, toppling Poland, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Russia along the way. As the tournament came to a close, the only thing standing between them and the trophy was the German team, which wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
In the opening match, Shapovalov earned Canada’s first point with a win over Marvin Moeller. Then, Auger-Aliassime fought to seal the deal against Nicola Kuhn. Despite tremendous pressure on his shoulders, Kuhn played inspired tennis and forced a decisive doubles match. Tensions were running high but Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime—who had just clinched the US Open Junior Doubles Championship a few weeks earlier—were brilliant. Their reactions after the three-set win (6-3, 3-6, 6-2) spoke volumes: they had just made Canadian tennis history.
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“It was an unbelievable final,” said a thrilled Auger-Aliassime. “We had to win the doubles and I think we did some amazing work. The crowd was cheering us on, and we are proud of the win.”
“To be the first Canadians to win the Junior Davis Cup is very exciting,” added Shapovalov. “We knew that we had the team to do it because we have three excellent players and we all contributed to the win. We’re extremely happy.”
Until this season, Canada’s best results in Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup were runner-up:
Fed Cup: 2011, 2004 and 2003
Davis Cup: 2010
And on the girls’ side, Canada’s Junior Fed Cup team had a superb season, finishing at world no.3. After a semi-final loss to the Czech Republic, Bianca Vanessa Andreescu, Charlotte Robillard-Millette, Vanessa Wong and captain Ralph Platz ended the week on a high note with a 3-0 win over Russia for third place.