For the next few days I'll be blogging from Budapest, Hungary, where alongside colleague Luke Milligan, I'm leading an LTA Awareness of Standards trip (part of the LTA portfolio of LTA Performance Coach Education programmes) for 10 Performance Coaches to the 2018 Junior Davis and Fed Cup Finals.
The ITF's International Team Competition for players aged 16 and Under was launched in 1985 as the World Youth Cup. This event was re-branded in 2002 as the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and the Junior Fed Cup, and then again in 2005 as the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
This age bracket was chosen as a critical period in a player’s development and provided an opportunity for young players to enjoy a taste of the special demands of team membership in a competitive environment.
number of past participants have gone on to make their mark on the
WTA Tour / ATP Tour:
Courier (USA 1986) Jennifer Capriati (USA 1989)
Michael Chang (USA 1986) Lindsay Davenport (USA 1991)
Goran Ivanisevic (Yugoslavia 1986) Amelie Mauresmo (France 1995)
Marat Safin (Russia 1995) Daniela Hantuchova (1998)
Federer (Switzerland 1996) Agnieszka Radwanska (2005)
Andy Roddick (USA 1998) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (2006)
Rafael Nadal (2002) Sloane Stephens (2008)
Bernard Tomic (2007) Eugenie Bouchard (2009)
competition is open to all member nations of the ITF and sixteen
teams of both boys and girls, who have emerged from regional qualifying events in all parts of the world, contest the finals in one venue during one week.
The exciting news from yesterday is that GB Boys Team have qualified for the quarter-finals, so looking forward to getting behind them today and getting a feel for how some of the top 16 year olds in the world are playing.
More to follow later.