South Africa has drawn second seeds Australia in a tough Group D at the Junior Davis Cup being held in Madrid. The ITF has announced the draws for the 2015 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, held for the first time at the Caja Magica from 29 September – 4 October. Sixteen boys and 16 girls teams will take part in the competition. South Africa qualified for the Junior Davis Cup and are represented in the final in Spain by Richard Thongoana, Joshua Howard-Tripp, Albertus Kruger and team Captain Allan Karam. Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, now in its 31st year, is the ITF’s official team competition for players aged 16-and-under. A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with 15 boys and 15 girls teams joining hosts Spain in the Finals.
USA is defending champion in both events. Since the launch of the event in 1985, many of the world’s leading names have taken part in the competition, including current stars Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska. The Finals see boys and girls teams divided into four groups of four on a round-robin basis, with the top team in each group qualifying for the semi-finals.
The South Africans are in Group D alongside Australia, Colombia, Germany
South Africa squad:
Captain: Allan Karam
Picture credit: Tennis South Africa