Shepparton to host junior events
Shepparton, 19 February 2009
Australia's victorious teams from the 2007 Junior Davis and Fed Cup (clockwise from top left
Olivia Rogowska, Fed Cup coach Louise Pleming, Sally Peers, Isabella Holland, Davis Cup coach Peter Tramacchi, Mark Verryth, Alex Sanders and Bernard Tomic.
Announced today, Shepparton has won the right to host the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2009 Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event.
Tennis Australia in partnership with Spectrum Worldwide will bring, for the first time, the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event to Australia.
The event will be held at the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club from the 15 - 20 April.
“This is the first time Australia has jointly hosted these two prestigious junior teams’ events and it is great we can stage such a fantastic world event in Shepparton,” Cameron Pearson, Manager Tournaments and Competitions Tennis Australia, said.
The Asia/Oceania division is one of the strongest in junior tennis. In 2008 Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) were ITF Junior World Champions – the first ever Asian players to receive this honour.
“Players from Asian countries are quickly climbing through the junior tennis ranks and having the home ground advantage will prove a huge benefit for our national teams,” Craig Morris, Manager Athlete Development Tennis Australia, said.
“Staging a home tie will provide our national teams with an excellent opportunity to get international exposure against tough opponents,”
Many of the sports top players including, Lleyton Hewitt (1996-1997), Jelena Dokic (1997), Todd Woodbridge (1986 -1987), Rafael Nadal (2002), Roger Federer (1996), Marat Safin (1995), Andy Roddick (1998), Amelie Mauresmo (1995), Elena Dementieva (1997) represented their countries in the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup on their way to the highest level of the game.
The event will bring more than 100 junior players, their coaches and families to Shepparton for the week of the competition.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Geoff Dobson said, “Greater Shepparton is delighted to host the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup and showcase all we have to offer to visitors.”
“Attracting major events like this is great for the local economy and tourism. “
“Tennis is very popular in Greater Shepparton and this gives spectators the chance to see some future tennis stars in action,” Dobson continued.
Optus Australian Junior Davis and Fed Cup teams will be selected in March and will compete against teams from China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Uzbekistan aiming to win through to the final to be held 29 September - 4 October in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.