April 14, 2024

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Canadians rolling so far at Junior Davis/Fed Cup in Florida

The Canadians have done what they had to do so far. Now, it’s time to face the Americans.

The three-day American/Caribbean qualifying event Thursday through Saturday features some of the best young Canadians, although some certainly are missing.

The Canadians are the defending junior Davis Cup champions, a title they won last fall in Madrid with the team of Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and Benjamin Sigouin.The Canadian junior Fed Cup girls finished with the bronze, led by Charlotte Robillard-Millette and Bianca Andreescu.

As it happens, Shapovalov (who turned 17 10 days ago) is up the road in Florida a piece, playing in in the semi-finals of a $10,000 ITF pro event Saturday. The junior Fed Cup women probably would have included Bianca Andreescu, but she hasn’t played since the Australian Open. Her coach, Nathalie Tauziat, is captaining the team (and wearing a skirt!)

So far, so good for the older kids. Both squads are unbeaten, as are the American teams they face Saturday. But since two teams make it from each division, all is good.

Here are the results, and the schedule for Saturday. (All the info can be found here, but the ITF team comp sites are a biatch to navigate if you’re a newbie)

JUNIOR DAVIS CUP (16-and-under boys)

Team: Félix Auger-Aliassime, Nicaise Muamba, Chih Chi Huang

Thursday vs. Dominican Republic (3-0)

#2: Muamba def. Jasel Beltre 60 61
#1 Auger-Aliassime def. Nick Hardt 64 61
Dubs: Auger-Aliassime/Huang def. Hardt/Jager 64 63

Friday vs. Mexico (3-0)

#2: Muamba def. Patricio Nieto 60 61
#1: Auger-Aliassime def. Gulilermo Castaneda 62 62
Dubs: Auger-Aliassime/Muamba def. Arevalo/Castaneda 60 63

Saturday vs. U.S.

(U.S. team: Keenan Mayo, Sebastian Korda, Trey Hilderbrand)

(U.S. team: Keenan Mayo, Sebastian Korda, Trey Hilderbrand)

JUNIOR FED CUP (16-and-under girls)

Team: Sacha Vagramov, Layne Sleeth, Isabelle Boulais

Thursday vs. Puerto Rico (3-0)

#2: Vagramov def Erika Barquero 61 60
#1: Sleeth def. Julieanne Bou 61 61
Dubs:  Boulais  Vagramov def. Bou / Latoni 60 62

Friday vs Mexico (3-0)

#2: Sleeth def. Katia de la Garza 60 61
#1: Boulais def. Renata Lombera 60 60
Dubs: Boulais / Vagramov def. Barcena / de la Garza 64 46 [10-6]

Saturday: vs. U.S.

(U.S. Team: Claire Liu, Amanda Anisimova, Caty McNally)

(U.S. Team: Claire Liu, Amanda Anisimova, Caty McNally)

World Juniors (14-and-under boys)

Team: Josh Lapadat, Samuel Paquette, Alvin Tudorica

Thursday vs. Guatemala (2-1)

#2: Paquette lost to Sebastian Dominguez 63 36 62
#1: Lapadat def. Fabian Taracena 61 36 61
Dubs: Lapadat / Tudorica def. Dminguez / Solares 64 63

Friday vs. Mexico (0-3)

#2: Tudorica lost to Alan Kam 60 76 (5)
#1: Lapadat lost to Rafael de Alba 64 63
Dubs: Lapadat / Tudorica lost to Duron / Kam 64 62

Saturday: vs. U.S.

(U.S. team: Stefan Leustian, Nicholas Garcia, Alex Lee)

(U.S. team: Stefan Leustian, Nicholas Garcia, Alex Lee)

World Juniors (14-and-under girls)

Team: Ariana Arsenault, Jada Bui, Sarah-Mauda Fortin

Thursday vs. U.S. (0-3)

#2: Bui lost to Alexa Noel  75 63
#1: Arsenault lost to Whitney Osuigwe 60 61
DUbs: Bui / Fortin lost to Cheong / Osuigwe 76 (5) 62

Friday vs. Puerto Rico (3-0)

#2: Fortin def. Maria Aguiar 26 63 64
#1: Arsenault def. Lauren Anzalotta 64 64
Dubs: Arsenault / Bui def. Aguiar / Anzalotta 75 61

Saturday: vs. Mexico

(Mexican team: Daira Cardenas, Daniela Schekaiban, Lizette Reding)

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