February 10, 2016

Fed Cup Results

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(February 6, 2016) Saturday’s results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 6-7 February. The final day results from the four Zone Group events are also below.

 

Argentina, Belgium, Chinese Taipei and Ukraine have all qualified for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April after winning their Zone Group I promotion play-offs on Saturday.

 

The draw for the World Group II play-offs will take place at the ITF office in London on Tuesday 9 February at 12pm GMT.

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

ROMANIA level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 67(4) 64 62

Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 64

Simona Halep (ROU) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU) v Denisa Allertova/Barbora Strycova (CZE)

 

GERMANY level with SWITZERLAND 1-1

Venue: Leipziger Messe, Leipzig, GER (hard – indoor)

Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 64

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 61 63

Angelique Kerber (GER) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Annika Beck/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) v Viktorija Golubic/Martina Hingis (SUI)

 

FRANCE level with ITALY 1-1

Venue: Palais des Sports de Marseille, Marseille, FRA (hard – indoor)

Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 16 64 61

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 63 75

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Oceane Dodin/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Martina Caregaro/Sara Errani (ITA)

 

NETHERLANDS leads RUSSIA 2-0

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 63 64

Richel Hogenkamp (NED) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(4) 57 108

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Darya Kasatkina/Maria Sharapova (RUS) v Cindy Burger/Arantxa Rus (NED)

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

SLOVAKIA level with AUSTRALIA 1-1

Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Arina Rodionova (AUS) 57 75 60

Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 63 64

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Arina Rodionova (AUS)

Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS)

 

CANADA level with BELARUS 1-1

Venue: PEPS, Québec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 64 26 63

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 62 62

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Carol Zhao (CAN) v Olga Govortsova/Vera Lapko (BLR)

 

USA leads POLAND 2-0

Venue: Holua Tennis Center, Kailua Kona, USA (hard – outdoor)

Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Magda Linette (POL) 62 64

Venus Williams (USA) d. Paula Kania (POL) 75 62

Venus Williams (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

SPAIN leads SERBIA 2-0

Venue: Kraljevo Sports Centre, Kraljevo, SRB (hard – indoor)

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 63 61

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 62

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Ivana Jorovic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Lara Arruabarrena/Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Municipal Tennis Centre, Eilat, Israel (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Promotion play-offs

 

BELGIUM defeated GREAT BRITAIN 2-0

Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) d. Katie Swan (GBR) 63 36 63

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Heather Watson (GBR) 64 36 64

Marie Benoit/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) v Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) – not played

 

UKRAINE defeated ISRAEL 3-0

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Julia Glushko (ISR) 76(1) 76(2)

Kateryna Bondarenko/Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Shelly Krolitzky/Alona Pushkarevsky (ISR) 62 62

 

5th to 8th place play-offs

 

GEORGIA defeated BULGARIA 2-1

Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) d. Dia Evtimova (BUL) 06 64 62

Isabella Shinikova (BUL) d. Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 16 76(1) 64

Oksana Kalashnikova/Sofia Shapatava (GEO) d. Elitsa Kostova/Isabella Shinikova (BUL) 62 46 64

 

CROATIA defeated PORTUGAL 2-0

Silvia Njiric (CRO) d. Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 64 63

Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) 62 62

Michelle Larcher De Brito/Ines Murta (POR) v Darija Jurak/Tena Lukas (CRO) – not played

 

Relegation play-offs

 

HUNGARY defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-0

Anna Bondar (HUN) d. Ilze Hattingh (RSA) 60 61

Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) d. Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 60 63

Michelle Sammons/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) v Dalma Galfi/Fanni Stollar (HUN) – not played

 

TURKEY defeated SWEDEN 2-0

Ipek Soylu (TUR) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 63 62

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 26 64 60

Jacqueline Cabaj Awad/Cornelia Lister (SWE) v Cagla Buyukakcay/Ipek Soylu (TUR) – not played

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Country Club Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (clay – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Promotion play-off

 

ARGENTINA defeated PARAGUAY 2-0

Catalina Pella (ARG) d. Camila Giangreco Campiz (PAR) 60 62

Nadia Podoroska (ARG) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 64 63

Camila Giangreco Campiz/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) v Maria Irigoyen/Catalina Pella (ARG) – not played

 

3rd to 4th place play-off

 

BRAZIL defeated MEXICO 2-0

Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) d. Renata Zarazua (MEX) 63 62

Gabriela Ce (BRA) d. Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) 61 30 ret.

Victoria Rodriguez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) v Paula Cristina Goncalves/Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) – not played

 

Relegation play-offs

 

BOLIVIA defeated PERU 2-0

Noelia Zeballos (BOL) d. Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) 46 75 61

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) d. Dominique Schaefer (PER) 63 64

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) v Anastasia Iamachkine/Dominique Schaefer (PER) – not played

 

COLOMBIA defeated ECUADOR 2-0

Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) d. Marie Elise Casares (ECU) 64 62

Emiliana Arango (COL) d. Camila Romero (ECU) 63 62

Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez/Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (COL) v Rafaella Baquerizo/Camila Romero (ECU) – not played

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: True Arena Hua Hin, Hua Hin, Thailand (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Promotion play-off

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated JAPAN 2-1

Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 61 64

Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) d. Nao Hibino (JPN) 46 63 63

Hao-Ching Chan/Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) d. Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) 63 63

 

3rd to 4th place play-off

 

CHINA, P.R. defeated THAILAND 2-1

Yafan Wang (CHN) d. Kamonwan Buayam (THA) 62 67(3) 62

Qiang Wang (CHN) d. Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 62 46 62

Luksika Kumkhum/Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) d. Chen Liang/Qiang Wang (CHN) 57 76(2) 64

 

5th to 6th place play-off

 

INDIA defeated KAZAKHSTAN 2-0

Prerna Bhambri (IND) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 46 62

Ankita Raina (IND) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 76(2) 60

Ankita Raina/Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) d. Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) – not played

 

Relegation play-off

 

KOREA, REP. defeated UZBEKISTAN 2-0

Na-Lae Han (KOR) d. Arina Folts (UZB) 60 67(6) 60

Su Jeong Jang (KOR) d. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 63 60

Na-Lae Han/Su Jeong Jang (KOR) d. Nigina Abduraimova/Arina Folts (UZB) – not played

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II

Venue: Centro De Tenis Honda, Bayamón, Puerto Rico (hard – outdoors)

1-6 February

 

Promotion play-offs

 

VENEZUELA defeated GUATEMALA 2-0

Aymet Uzcategui (VEN) d. Kirsten-Andrea Weedon (GUA) 62 63

Andrea Gamiz (VEN) d. Melissa Morales (GUA) 61 63

Andrea Gamiz/Aymet Uzcategui (VEN) v Melissa Morales/Kirsten-Andrea Weedon (GUA) – not played

 

CHILE defeated PUERTO RICO 2-1

Andrea Koch-Benvenuto (CHI) d. Julieanne Bou (PUR) 62 60

Monica Puig (PUR) d. Daniela Seguel (CHI) 61 62

Andrea Koch-Benvenuto/Daniela Seguel (CHI) d. Ana Sofia Cordero/Monica Puig (PUR) 61 36 75

 

5th to 8th place play-offs

 

URUGUAY defeated HONDURAS 2-0

Florencia Rossi (URU) d. Daniela Obando (HON) 62 60

Margot Mercier (URU) d. Alejandra Obando (HON) 76(4) 36 76(2)

Natalie Gabriela Espinal Sanchez/Ana Gabriela Zavala Mata (HON) v Margot Mercier/Florencia Rossi (URU) – not played

 

COSTA RICA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2-0

Mariella Calderon (CRC) d. Penelope Abreu (DOM) 61 61

Camila Quesada (CRC) d. Luisanna Rodriguez (DOM) 61 61

Penelope Abreu/Luisanna Rodriguez (DOM) v Mariella Calderon/Camila Quesada (CRC) – not played

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Line-up Confirmed for 2016 ITF Junior Masters

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(January 25, 2016) Hungarian duo Dalma Galfi, the 2015 ITF Girls World Champion, and Mate Valkusz, the current boys’ world No. 1, head the entry for the 2016 ITF Junior Masters taking place at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre in Chengdu, China on 8-10 April.

 

The ITF Junior Masters, now in its second year, is an international event showcasing eight male and eight female players who qualify on the basis of their 18-and-under ITF Junior World Ranking at the end of the year. The ITF Junior Masters consists of two knock-out singles events, with each player guaranteed three matches to determine their final finishing position. Players will compete for a total prize fund of $160,000 in travel grants, and will also compete for wild cards into professional events.

 

The following players will contest the 2016 ITF Junior Masters:

 

Women’s singles


Dalma Galfi (HUN)
Katie Swan (GBR)
Anna Blinkova (RUS)
Tereza Mihalikova (SVK)
Usue Arconada (USA)
Sofia Kenin (USA)
Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN)
Kayla Day (USA)

 

Men’s singles


Casper Ruud (NOR)
Mate Valkusz (HUN)
Hong Seong Chan (KOR)
Marcelo Barrios Vera (CHI)
Orlando Luz (BRA)
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
William Blumberg (USA)
Alvaro Lopez San Martin (ESP)

 

Galfi, the 2015 US Open junior champion, lines up alongside Australian Open junior champion Tereza Mihalikova and runner-up Katie Swan, and Wimbledon junior finalist Anna Blinkova. They will be joined by Sofia Kenin, a member of the United States’ 2014 Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas winning team.

 

Valkusz, who took over the boys’ No. 1 ranking at the start of 2016, heads up the men’s entries alongside 2015 Orange Bowl junior champion Miomir Kecmanovic, Australian Open junior runner-up Hong Seong Chan and 2014 double Youth Olympic medallist Orlando Luz. They will be joined by 2013 Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas winner Alvaro Lopez San Martin.

 

The provision of travel grants is one of the ways in which the ITF Junior Masters assists these top juniors in making a transition from junior tennis to the professional game. Each player competing in the 2016 ITF Junior Masters will earn a minimum travel grant of $7,000, while the boys’ and girls’ champions will both be awarded $15,000 travel grants. Players will also compete for wild cards into professional events donated by National Associations, with further details to be confirmed later this year.

 

The Sichuan International Tennis Centre will host the event for the second year as part of the ITF’s three-year agreement with the Chinese Tennis Association and the Chengdu Sport Bureau. The centre, which was built in 2008 and consists of 32 hard courts, has hosted several international events. The ITF Junior Masters will be staged on the centre’s two show courts, including a 6,000-capacity centre court, with matches broadcast by Sichuan TV and streamed live over the three days of competition.

 

The ITF Junior Masters joins the ITF junior team competitions, the 14-and-under ITF World Junior Tennis competition, and 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, as the premier junior events on the 2016 ITF calendar.

 

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Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic Named 2015 ITF World Champions

(December 22, 2015) The International Tennis Federation announced that Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia are the 2015 ITF World Champions. Williams is named Women’s World Champion for the sixth time, while this is the fifth occasion that Djokovic has received the honor.

 

Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sania Mirza of India become Women’s Doubles World Champions, while Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands and Romania’s Horia Tecau are Men’s Doubles World Champions. Hingis is an ITF World Champion 15 years after last being named World Champion in singles in 2000, while Tecau was previously World Champion in boys doubles in 2002.

 

Dalma Galfi of Hungary and USA’s Taylor Fritz are named ITF Junior World Champions, while the ITF Wheelchair World Champions are Jiske Griffioen of Netherlands and Japan’s Shingo Kunieda, who becomes men’s champion for the seventh time.

 

The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2016 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 31 May, in Paris, during Roland Garros.

 

Serena Williams came within two matches of achieving the Grand Slam in 2015, winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and held all four Slams at the same time for the second time in her career. She won five titles overall, and finished No. 1 in the year-end rankings for the fifth time on the back of a 53-3 win-loss record.

 

Williams said: “It means a lot to me to be named the ITF World Champion for the sixth time. I am proud to have achieved my second Serena Slam, in what has been an amazing year for me. Thank you for this recognition and for the undying support of the tennis community.”

 

Novak Djokovic won a career-best 11 titles in 2015, ending at No. 1 in the year-end rankings for the fourth time. He won three major titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and was runner-up at Roland Garros. He was in commanding form on all surfaces, boasting a career-best 82-6 win-loss record during the year.

 

Djokovic said: “It is an honour to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. My season was the best of my career with many highlights. It inspires me even more to keep on going, and I hope to continue to play at this level in 2016.”

 

Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau enjoyed a breakthrough season which saw the Dutch-Romanian pairing capture their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. They also won Rotterdam and the ATP World Tour Finals, capturing the season-ending title without losing a set to clinch the year-end No. 1 doubles team ranking. Both players have received support from the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

Tecau said: “It is very rewarding and fulfilling to end the year as an ITF World Champion for the second time in my career. We have been improving all areas of our game, and are happy to be moving in the right direction. This is what we dream about, and it’s very motivating to carry on and try and push our limits again.”

 

Rojer said: “I’m extremely happy and glad with how the whole year went. It is very satisfying to have achieved these results with my partner Horia after putting in so much hard work.”

 

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza only joined forces in March but proved a force to be reckoned with in 2015, winning two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and seven further tournaments. They won their last 22 matches from the start of the US Open through wins in Asia at Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and the WTA Finals, ending the year with a 55-7 record.

 

Hingis said: “It is a great honour to be named ITF Women’s Doubles World Champions. Sania and I have enjoyed every minute of the season and we hope to continue in 2016 in the same fashion. We are set to join a long list of champions and it is a privilege to be recognised alongside them.”

 

Mirza said: “I am very honoured to receive this award from the ITF after what has been a great year for me and Martina. It is incredible that we have achieved so much in such a short time playing together. I am grateful to everyone that has helped me throughout my career and I hope that my success can inspire other girls in India.”

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who repeat as ITF World Champions, turned in exceptional performances in 2015, each winning three Grand Slam titles and dominating the rankings. In doubles, there are two new teams to receive this honour, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, and Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza. Both Rojer and Tecau are beneficiaries of the Grand Slam Development Fund, while both Tecau and Hingis are previous ITF World Champions.”

 

The ITF’s selection of its senior World Champions is based on an objective system that considers all results during the year, but gives special weight to the Grand Slam tournaments, and two ITF international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

Dalma Galfi is the first-ever Hungarian player to receive the ITF World Champion honour in any category. In a competitive girls’ season on the ITF Junior Circuit, the 17-year-old won the US Open and secured the year-end No. 1 ranking in the very last tournament of the year.

 

Galfi said: “I’m very happy and proud to be World Champion in 2015. I’m the first Hungarian to achieve this and it means a lot to me. I hope that the up-and-coming Hungarian players can follow in my footsteps, as there are a lot talented young players in our country.”

 

Taylor Fritz is the first American boy to be named ITF Junior World Champion since Donald Young in 2005. The 18-year-old reached two Grand Slam junior singles finals in 2015, winning the US Open, and after taking over the No. 1 ranking in June he held on to the top spot for the rest of the season.

 

Fritz said: “It feels amazing to be the ITF Junior World Champion. It’s been a goal of mine for many years and it feels great to actually achieve it. I loved ITF junior tennis and I hope I can build on the great foundation it has laid for me.”

 

As ITF World Champion for the seventh time, Shingo Kunieda is now the most decorated man in the wheelchair men’s category. The Japanese had another outstanding season, collecting seven titles on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including all three Grand Slam singles titles, and achieving a 30-2 singles win-loss record.

 

Kunieda said: “I am really happy to be World Champion for the seventh time and set a new record. I am grateful for the support of my team who have helped me a lot this year, and my goal is now to win my third consecutive gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

 

Jiske Griffioen of Netherlands had a breakthrough 2015, winning her first Grand Slam wheelchair singles title at the Australian Open, and following up with a second major title at Roland Garros. Having been ranked continuously in the Top 5 since September 2010, the 30-year-old finally reached the top spot in June and stayed there for the rest of the year.

 

Griffioen said: “It was an amazing year for me. In January I won my first Grand Slam singles title, and then in June won my second Grand Slam title and took over the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in my career. This was a great reward for a lot of hard work.”

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “I would like to thank all the 2015 ITF World Champions for their contribution to another memorable year for our sport.”

 

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Davis Cup Final Will Still Take Place Next Week

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(November 17, 2015) Despite concerns following the Paris attacks, the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will go ahead as planned in Ghent, Belgium said the International Tennis Federation.

The Davis Cup final will be held in the Flanders Expo November 27-29.

Great Britain and Belgium named their teams. Great Britain’s team, led by Captain Leon Smith will consist of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot.

“Our GB Davis Cup team is proud to be competing in the Final in Ghent this year,” said Smith. “It is an historic ‎moment in British Tennis and I’m delighted to name these five players for the tie against Belgium. Andy has led from the front throughout this campaign, showing time and again what it means to him to pull on the GB jersey. He shows determination, commitment and passion that inspires the other British players on the bench and our fantastic fans in the stands.

 

The team has had some incredible results this year, and we know that off the back of defeating the three other Grand Slam nations we carry great momentum going into the final, however we will ‎not underestimate the challenge in front of us. The Belgian team is full of top 100 talent and they will push us all the way.

 

“While our team will be spearheaded by Andy, the other guys give us strong options in both the singles and the doubles positions. Jamie is having an outstanding year and is firmly established as a top 10 world ranked doubles player‎. He has played a key part in our ties this year with vital wins against both France and Australia partnering Andy.

 

“Dom is playing some of the best tennis of his career having reached the semi-finals of the US Open and recently the semi-finals of the Paris Masters Series. He played an outstanding Davis Cup match earlier in the year with Jamie against the Bryan brothers, narrowly losing the fifth set. In James Ward, we have a player who really gets the Davis Cup and has had several big wins over the last few years against top 100 players in this competition. Kyle Edmund has had a very good year on the tour, breaking top 100 for the first time and qualifying at both Australian and French Open.

 

“The support from our fans has been unbelievable. There is no other word for it. For those making the trip to Belgium it will be more important than ever that they make as much noise as possible and get behind the team”

Belgium will field David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans. Johan van Herck is the captain of the Belgian team.

The Draw for the Final will take place on Thursday 26 November at 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT). Both nations came make up to two nomination changes up until one hour before the draw.

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Davis Cup Results: Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden Remain in Zone Group I in 2016

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(November 1, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the three Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 30 October-1 November.

 

Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden will all remain in Zone Group I in 2016, while Denmark, Lithuania and Uruguay have all been relegated to 2016 Zone Group II.

 

The draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 GMT on Tuesday 3 November. The seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 2 November

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

BARBADOS defeated URUGUAY 3-2

Venue:  National Tennis Centre, St. Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Santiago Maresca (URU) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 62 62 61
Darian King (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus (URU) 61 63 36 61
Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus/Santiago Maresca (URU) 62 62 62
Darian King (BAR) d. Santiago Maresca (URU) 76(6) 62 60
Nicolas Xiviller (URU) d. Russell Moseley (BAR) 61 64

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

SWEDEN defeated DENMARK 3-2

Venue: Antvorskovhallen, Slagelse, DEN (hard – indoor)
Markus Eriksson (SWE) d. Andreas Bjerrehus (DEN) 67(5) 67(5) 76(3) 76(3) 97
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 75 63 64
Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Johan Brunstrom/Fred Simonsson (SWE) 67(3) 62 76(5) 76(9)
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 62 76(2) 76(8)
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Christian Sigsgaard (DEN) 64 60 36 57 62

 

SLOVENIA defeated LITHUANIA 5-0

Venue: Teniski Klub Triglav Kranj, Kranj, SLO (hard – indoor)
Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 63 75 62
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(6) 62 62
Blaz Kavcic/Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 64 76(1) 64
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 62 62
Tom Kocevar-Desman (SLO) d. Tadas Babelis (LTU) 62 26 64

 

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Czechs Win Junior Fed Cup and Canadians Claim Junior Davis Cup Titles

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(October 4, 2015) The top seeds took home the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup finals on Sunday in Madrid’s La Caja Magica on Sunday.

Canada won the Junior Davis Cup title over Germany, while the Czech Republic was victorious over the United States.

For Canada this was the first Junior Davis Cup title in its history. The No. 1 seeds at Junior Davis Cup, with Junior US Open champions Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov capturing the deciding doubles match to earn the win 2-1.

“It was an unbelievable final,” said Auger-Aliassime after the match to Tennis Canada. “We had to clinch it in the deciding doubles but I think we did a great job. The support on the sidelines was amazing. We are really proud of what we did here.”

“It’s very exciting being the first Canadians to ever win Junior Davis Cup,” said Shapovalov. “We knew we had the team to do it as all three of the players on this team are great and contributed. We are very excited.”

Prior to this year, the best finish by a Canadian Junior Davis Cup or Fed Cup team was second place – 2011, 2004, 2003 (Junior Fed Cup) and 2010 (Junior Davis Cup).

On the ladies side, the Czech Republic also won 2-1. It’s their fourth Fed Cup title, first since 2001.

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.

The final positions of all the nations Courtesy of the ITF:

Junior Davis Cup – 1. Canada 2. Germany 3. Russia 4. Japan 5. Australia 6. Argentina 7. USA 8. Czech Republic 9. Poland 10. Colombia 11. Brazil 12. Chinese Taipei 13. Spain 14. Sweden 15. South Africa 16. Hong Kong, China

 

Junior Fed Cup – 1. Czech Republic 2. USA 3. Canada 4. Russia 5. Australia 6. Spain 7. Italy 8. Japan 9. Brazil 10. Great Britain 11. New Zealand 12. Argentina 13. Colombia 14. Chinese Taipei 15. Netherlands 16. Egypt

Girls Final

 

CZECH REPUBLIC (1) defeated USA (2) 2-1:
Kayla Day (USA) d. Monika Kilnarova (CZE) 63 61
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Claire Liu (USA) 75 64
Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Kayla Day/Claire Liu (USA) 60 62

Girls 3rd-4th place play-offs

 

CANADA (4) defeated RUSSIA (3) 3-0:
Bianca Andreescu (CAN) d. Evgeniya Levashova (RUS) 62 62
Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Olesya Pervushina (RUS) 63 75
Bianca Andreescu/Vanessa Wong (CAN) d. Evgeniya Levashova/Elena Rybakina (RUS) 61 36 63

Girls 13th-14th place play-offs

 

COLOMBIA defeated CHINESE TAIPEI 2-1:

Wu Fang Hsien (TPE) d. Sofia Munera (COL) 63 46 61
Emiliana Arango (COL) d. Lee Yang (TPE) 62 62
Emiliana Arango/Sofia Munera (COL) d. Chen Pei Hsuan/Wu Fang Hsien (TPE) 63 64

Girls 15th-16th place play-offs

 

NETHERLANDS defeated EGYPT 2-1:
Suzan Lamens (NED) d. Laila Elnimr (EGY) 36 76(2) 60
Isolde de Jong (NED) d. Dalila Said (EGY) 62 62
Laila Elnimr/Dalila Said (EGY) d. Merel Hoedt/Isolde de Jong (NED) 76(5) 64

 

Boys Final

CANADA (1) defeated GERMANY (5) 2-1:
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Marvin Moeller (GER) 61 64
Nicola Kuhn (GER) d. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 63 63
Felix Auger-Aliassime/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Nicola Kuhn/Marvin Moeller (GER) 63 36 62

 

Boys 3rd-4th place play-offs

RUSSIA (4) defeated JAPAN (8) 3-0:
Alen Avidzba (RUS) d. Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) 64 62
Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) d. Toru Horie (JPN) 63 60
Alen Avidzba/Mikhail Sokolovskiy d. Yuta Shimizu/Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) 62 64

 

Boys 13th-14th place play-offs

SPAIN defeated SWEDEN 3-0:
Andres Fernandez Canovas (ESP) d. Linus Bergevi (SWE) 64 64
Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) d. Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (SWE) 16 75 62
Alejandro Davidovich Fukina/Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) d. Jonas Eriksson Ziverts/Karl Friberg (SWE) 67(5) 61 62

 

Boys 15th-16th place play-offs

SOUTH AFRICA defeated HONG KONG, CHINA 2-1:
Albertus Kruger (RSA) d. Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) 63 61
Richard Thongoana (RSA) d. Lam Ching (HKG) 63 62
Cheung Ngai Long/Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) d. Joshua Howard-Tripp/Richard Thongoana (RSA) 62 61

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USTA President Katrina Adams Among Newly Named ITF Vice Presidents

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(September 26, 2015) Katrina Adams (USA), Anil Khanna (IND) and Rene Stammbach (SUI) have today been named as ITF Vice Presidents under new ITF President David Haggerty. The decision was taken on Saturday at the first meeting of the new ITF Board of Directors in Santiago, Chile.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “The selection of Vice Presidents reflects the diversity on the new board, and the experience of these board members. The whole ITF Board is committed to working together over the next four years to enable the continued growth of the organisation.”

 

The full line-up of the ITF Board of Directors for the term 2015-19 is as follows:

 

President

 

David Haggerty (USA)

 

Vice Presidents

 

Katrina Adams (USA)

Anil Khanna (IND)

Rene Stammbach (SUI)

 

Board members

 

Martin Corrie (GBR)

Sergio Elias (CHI)

Ismail El Shafei (EGY)

Bernard Giudicelli (FRA)

Jack Graham (CAN)

Thomas Koenigsfeldt (DEN)

Celia Patrick (NZL)

Aleksei Selivanenko (RUS)

Stefan Tzvetkov (BUL)

Bulat Utemuratov (KAZ)

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Former USTA President David Haggerty Elected ITF President

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January 12, 2012- CTDW Leadership – David A. Haggerty

From the ITF: (September 25, 2015) David Haggerty was elected ITF President at the ITF Annual General Meeting in Santiago, Chile on Friday. The 58-year old from the United States succeeds Francesco Ricci Bitti, whose 16-year term as ITF President ends today. Haggerty will serve a four-year term from 2015-19.

 

Haggerty was elected on the second ballot with 200 votes, over Anil Khanna (IND) with 192 votes. Rene Stammbach (SUI) and Juan Margets (ESP) were eliminated on the first ballot.

 

Haggerty is an experienced tennis administrator, having held a variety of roles within the United States Tennis Association (USTA) since 2001 and within the ITF since 2009. He served as Chairman, CEO and President of the USTA in 2013-14, and was a Vice President on the ITF Board of Directors in 2013-15. He is a former President of the Tennis Industry Association and a current board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

Away from tennis administration, Haggerty had a 30-year career in the racket industry, and is a former Chairman of Head USA, President of Penn Racquet Sports, and President of Dunlop Maxfli Slazenger Sports.

 

Outgoing president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I would like to congratulate David Haggerty on his election as ITF President, and wish him all the best for the future. It has been my pleasure to serve as President for the last 16 years, and I am confident that under David’s leadership, the organisation can continue to grow with the support of the ITF staff and our 210 member nations.”

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2016 Davis Cup Draw Announced

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From the ITF: (September 23, 2014) The International Tennis Federation has announced the Draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which took place on Wednesday evening at the ITF AGM in Santiago, Chile.

 

Individual draws were made for the 2016 World Group, Americas Zone Group I, Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II, and Europe/Africa Zone Group I. The draws for Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the three remaining Davis Cup play-off ties on 30 October – 1 November.

 

The 2016 World Group dates are as follows:

 

World Group first round: 4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals: 15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 16-18 September

World Group Final: 25-27 November

 

2016 Draws

 

World Group

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Great Britain [s] [c] [*] v Japan

Serbia [s] [c] [*] v Kazakhstan

Italy [c] v Switzerland [s]

Poland [c] [*] v Argentina [s]

France [s] [c] v Canada

Germany [c] v Czech Republic [s]

Australia [s] [c] v USA

Belgium [s] [c] v Croatia
Americas Zone Group I

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Brazil [s] v Bye

 

Barbados or Uruguay v Ecuador

 

Chile [c] v Dominican Republic

 

Colombia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

India [s] v Bye

 

Korea, Rep. [c] v New Zealand

 

Pakistan [c] v China, P.R.

 

Uzbekistan [s] v Bye
Europe/Africa Zone Group I

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Spain [s] v Bye

 

Romania v Lithuania or Slovenia

 

Ukraine [s] v Bye

 

Portugal [c] v Austria

 

Russia v Denmark or Sweden

 

Netherlands [s] v Bye

 

Hungary [c] v Israel

 

Slovakia [s] v Bye
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

 

First round (4-6 March)

 

Chinese Taipei [s] [c] v Malaysia

 

Philippines [s] [c] v Kuwait

 

Indonesia [s] [c] v Vietnam

 

Thailand [s] [c] v Sri Lanka

 

Key
[s] = Seeded nation

[c] = Choice of ground

[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

 

The home nation is listed first for each tie.

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Belgium to Host Davis Cup Final Against Great Britain on clay in Ghent

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(September 23, 2015) The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will be played in Ghent indoors on clay. The International Tennis Federation announced that Tennis Vlaanderen has nominated the Flanders Expo to host the 2015 Davis Cup World Group Final November 27-29.

 

The Flanders Expo is a multi-use indoor arena made up of eight halls. Hall 1, which has a seating capacity of 13,000 will be used for the final

 

Tennis Vlaanderen President Dirk de Maeseneer said to the ITF: “Ghent will fully support the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final. As the third biggest city in Belgium, it has a lot of experience in hosting top international events, such as the Tour of Flanders, the arrival of the Tour de France in 2007 and the Gymnastics World Championships in 2001 and 2013.”

 

Great Britain advanced to the final when they defeated Australia 3-2 in Galsgow, with British No. 1 Andy Murray won all three rubbers for his squad – his two singles matches and the doubles with his brother Jamie.

Belgium came back to defeat Argentina 3-2 in Brussels. This will be a rematch of the 1904 Davis Cup final when Britain shutout Belgium 5-0. This will be Belgium’s second final. Great Britain last won the Davis Cup in 1936.

Murray tweeted on Wednesday:

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