Molik to captain Junior Fed Cup team
Melbourne, 31 March 2009
Olympic bronze medallist Alicia Molik has been named as captain of the Optus Australian Junior Fed Cup team for 2009.
The former world No.8 is looking forward to working with the Optus Australian Junior Fed Cup team of Viktorija Rajicic (VIC), Alexandra Nancarrow (ACT) and Molly Polak (VIC).
The team will head to Shepparton, Victoria, for the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Qualifying event which will be held on natural grass between April 15-20.
“Some of my best tennis memories are of representing Australia in Fed Cup,” Molik said today. “Working with the girls in this team envioronment will be a fantastic opportunity to pass on some of my experience to the next generation of young players and I’m really looking forward to making a contribution.”
Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis, Craig Tiley, said: “Alicia is not only a fantastic champion but a wonderful role model for all our young players. She is renowned for her dedication and professionalism and our Optus Australian Junior Fed Cup team will benefit enormously from her experience. We are very excited to have Alicia on board.”
Molik will join Australian tennis legend, Pat Rafter, who was named as Optus Australian Junior Davis Cup captain, with his team of Jason Kubler (QLD), Luke Saville (SA) and Joey Swaysland (NSW).
Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is an international team event for girls aged 16 and under. Regional qualifying events are played in Asia/Oceania, Europe, South America and North/Central America and the Carribean to determine the top sixteen teams. The top four qualifiers from the Asia Oceania group will go on to compete in the Junior Davis Cup Final in Mexico in September.
Countries competing in Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Qualifying in April are as follows:
Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan.