Toronto, September 29, 2015 – Canada got off to a strong start at the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finals on Tuesday, as the nation’s boys’ team defeated Poland 3-0 and the girls’ squad won 3-0 over Colombia to take early leads in round-robin play at La Caja Magica in Madrid.
Benjamin Sigouin opened the Canadian Junior Davis Cup team’s campaign with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Poland’s Daniel Michalski to give Canada the 1-0 lead. Felix Auger-Aliassime then secured his team the win by coming back from a set and a break down to triumph 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-4 in a close duel with Kacper Zuk. Canada officially earned the sweep when Sigouin and Denis Shapovalov captured a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Konrad Fryze and Michalski.
“It was a great match, it’s a hell of a start for the week,” Auger-Aliassime said following his match. “I knew he was a great player and I would have to battle it out. I had to fight for every point.”
“Every tennis player trains for these kinds of matches. It was tough physically. Mentally I had to stay calm and believe in myself.”
Seeded No. 1, the Canadian boys are in Group A alongside Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Poland. The team, captained by Oded Jacob, will next face Hong Kong in round-robin play.
The Canadian Fed Cup team didn’t lose a set en route to its 3-0 win against Colombia. Bianca Andreescu triumphed 6-3, 6-2 versus Maria Osorio and Charlotte Robillard-Millette advanced past Emiliana Arango 7-6(1), 7-5 to assure Canada the victory. In the doubles, Andreescu and Vanessa Wong teamed up for a 7-6(8), 6-4 win opposite Colombians Arango and Sofia Munera.
Seeded No. 4 and led by team captain Ralph Platz, the Canadian girls are in Group B with Great Britain, Japan, and Colombia. Their next opponent will be Japan.
The Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the international tennis team competition for the under-16 age category. A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with the top 15 teams and host Spain making it to this week’s Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals. The finals are being played on clay at La Caja Magica, home of the combined ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory Madrid Open.