Following an exciting three days of North/Central America and Caribbean qualifying action in Campeche, Mexico, three of the four Canadian teams in attendance earned their spots in the Junior Davis Cup, Junior Fed Cup, and World Junior Tennis finals.
While Canada’s Junior Davis Cup team suffered a 2-1 loss to the United States on Saturday, their record over the course of the past three days saw the team finish second in their pool, and qualify for the main event of Junior Davis Cup later this year. On Saturday, Canada’s lone win over the Americans came after Liam Draxl and Luka Vukovic’s 6-4,6-7,10-3 win over Tristan Boyer and William Grant.
Taha Baadi, Vukovic, and Draxl each played important roles in Canada’s wins over Guatemala and Mexico earlier this week. Canada now has the chance to compete in the Junior Davis Cup final in Budapest, Hungary.
The U16 Canadian girls’ team also qualified this weekend for the Junior Fed Cup finals. Despite falling 2-1 to the United States on Saturday, Canada’s wins over Mexico and Guatemala saw the team secure a top two finish, and a spot in September’s main event.
Layne Sleeth, Alexandra Vagramov, and Viktoriya Tabunshcyk will go on to represent Canada in the finals in Budapest, Hungary from September 18-23.
The u14 Canadian girls also fell 3-0 to the United States on Saturday, but an otherwise excellent week of results saw the team secure second place in the pool, and qualify for the World Junior Tennis finals.
Melodie Collard, Rachel Kimiko Krzyzak, and Leena Bennetto’s performances in Campeche this week will see them earn a berth to the final in Prostejov, Czech Republic from August 7-12.
Canada’s U14 boys unfortunately did not enjoy the same fate.
On Saturday, Berk Tunali defeated Costa Rica’s Alberto Sierra 6-3, 6-3 and Maxime St. Hilare cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Christian Winstead. Then the Canadian pair teamed up to beat Julian Lozano and Sierra 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-6 to secure the 3-0 victory.
However, Saturday’s win was not enough to send the team to the finals, the team narrowly missed a chance to Czech Republic with their third-place finish.
For the complete final results from the North/Central America and Caribbean qualifying event, please visit the ITF website.