Friday,17 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1251, (18 - 24 June 2015)
Friday,17 August, 2018
Issue 1251, (18 - 24 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Juniors make it big

Egypt qualified for the finals of the Junior Fed Cup and the ITF World Junior Tennis finals

Al-Ahram Weekly

Egypt’s junior girls 16 and under secured a spot in the Junior Fed Cup finals in Madrid, Spain, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader.

At the same time, Egypt’s boys 14 and under qualified for the ITF World Junior Tennis (WJT) finals in Prostejov, in the Czech Republic.

The tournament in Spain is from 29 September to 4 October. From 3-8 August the tournament in the Czech Republic is to be held.
The girls include Dalia Said, Sara Ismail and Laila Al-Nimr. The boys have Belal Abou Taleb, Hassan Badran and Ahmed Al-Derwi.

Egypt hosted the African Junior Team Tennis Championships, a qualifying event for the Madrid and Prostejov finals. That took place from 9-14 June at Al-Gezira Youth Centre.

The teams battled over six days with 18 teams from seven African countries participating: South Africa, Morocco, Mauritius, Burundi Algeria, Tunisia and hosts Egypt.

General Manager of the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) Hichem Riani told Al-Ahram Weekly, “In every continent there is a qualifying event for Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup (14 and U) finals and ITF Junior World tennis boys and girls (16 and U). We made the four events here in Egypt. We gathered all the teams in the same venue this year to play the African qualifying event. In boys and girls 16 and U only one team qualified but in boys and girls (14 and U) two teams qualified in each category.

“There is a pre-selection of the countries which will compete in the Africa World Junior Team Championships. It is not open to every team. It depends mainly on the results of the African Junior Individual Championship which was held in Tunisia in March.

CAT made a team ranking to qualify to this event,” Riani added.

Morocco and Burundi qualified for the ITF WJT finals (girls 14 and U). Moroccan also won a place in the ITF WJT finals (boys 14 and U). South Africa qualified for the finals of the junior boys 16 and under Davis Cup.

“The Egyptian team girls under 14 didn’t just qualify. On the contrary, they have gone beyond our expectations,” President of the Egyptian Tennis Federation (ETF) Israa Al-Sanhouri said. “The players performed very well. ETF are working on preparing Egypt for the finals. We will send a plan to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for approval.

“The Egyptian teams which participated in this championship are going to compete in the finals because they are the winners of the national tournament. The boys under 14 will began preparing for the finals in the middle of July while the U-16 girls will be in August,” added Al-Sanhouri.

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