After three days of North/Central America and Caribbean qualifying action in Boca Raton, Florida, three of the four Canadian teams in attendance have earned their spots in the Junior Davis Cup, Junior Fed Cup, and World Junior Tennis finals.
Both the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup squads secured their places in the main event, to take place this September in Hungary. Last year, Canada was the only nation to finish on the podium in both U16 events, with the boys finishing in first and the girls taking home the bronze.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, Nicaise Muamba, and Chi Chi Huang combined to give Canada a first-place finish in Junior Davis Cup regional play. The team beat USA 2-1 thanks to a deciding doubles win by Huang and Muamba 3-6, 6-3, 10-3 over Sebastian Korda and Keenan Mayo. In the singles matches, Muamba first beat Trey Hilderbrand 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 before Auger-Aliassime dropped Canada’s only match of the tournament, 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3 to Korda.
On the flip side, the Canadian girls were bested by the Americans 3-0 on Saturday, meaning they finish in second place in qualifying. First, reigning U18 national champion Sasha Vagramov fell to Caty McNally 6-1, 6-2 followed by a 6-0, 6-3 loss from Isabelle Boulais at the hands of Amanda Anisimova. In the doubles rubber, Boulais and Vagramov were ousted 6-0, 6-3 by Claire Liu and McNally. The third member of team Canada is Layne Sleeth.
In both draws, Canada and the USA finished in the top two spots to take the region’s qualifying berths. The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup will take place September 27 – October 2 in Budapest, with Canada the reigning boys’ champion.
After a 3-0 triumph over Mexico on Saturday, Canada’s U14 girls national team earned its place in the World Junior Tennis finals, set to run the first week of August in Czech Republic. Winning two of its three ties, the Canadians finished in second place.
Opposite Mexico, Sarah-Maude Fortin and Ariana Arseneault combined to lose just four games through their two singles matches for dominant victories. Arseneault and Jada Bui then teamed up for a 6-7(5), 6-0, 10-6 win against Daira Cardenas and Daniela Schekainab to secure the sweep.
Canada’s U14 boys did not enjoy the same fate. Heading into its final tie against USA on Saturday with a 1-1 record, they needed a win for a chance to qualify for the main event. Ultimately, the undefeated Americans were too strong as Canada fell 3-0.
Samuel Paquette fought hard in the opening rubber before dropping a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 decision to American Nicholas Garcia. Josh Lapadat then lost 6-1, 6-3 to Stefan Leustian before the doubles match saw Paquette and Lapadat fall 6-4, 6-1 to Garcia and Alex Lee. The third member of team Canada is Alvin Tudorica.
With only the top two teams moving on, Canada’s third-place finish was not enough.
The World Junior Tennis finals will run August 1-6 in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
For the complete final results from the North/Central America and Caribbean qualifying event, please visit the ITF website.