2017 ITF ASIA OCEANIA JUNIOR DAVIS CUP & JUNIOR FED CUP EVENTS
International Team Competition for players aged 16 & Under was launched by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in 1985 as the "World Youth Cup" with NEC as the title sponsor between years 1988 and 2001. In 2002 the ITF re-branded the boys competition as part of a new partnership with BNP Paribas to "Junior Davis Cup by BNP Pari-bas". The girls competition was also changed to "Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas" in 2005.
From the WJT Competitions inau-gural year in 1985 when 44 na-tions took part in regional quali-fying with the top 16 boys and 16 girls teams moving through to the Final in Kobe, Japan, the competition has gone from strength to strength. The number of participants has grown to around 100 nations each year.
The Asian Regional qualifying has a very interesting story to tell.
The Asian stream of these events (JDC & JFC) has swelled over the last few years with the Asia Oceania event been bifur-cated into Pre Qualifying and Final Qualifying stages.
For 2017, the Asian Pre Qualify-ing leg of the event attracted 14 nations in the JDC and 8 nations in the JFC, which competed to secure two spots each in the Fi-nal Qualifying of the (JFC) Girls and (JDC) Boys category respec-tively.
For the 2017 edition of these events R. K Khanna Tennis Stadi-um in New Delhi, India was to be the host.
The pre qualifying event of the Junior Davis Cup (Boys) received participation from 1) Bangla-desh, 2) Bhutan, 3) Iraq, 4) Jor-dan, 5) Kuwait, 6) Lebanon, 7) Pacific Oceania, 8) Pakistan, 9) Philippines, 10) Saudi Arabia,
11) Singapore, 12) Sri Lanka, 13) Tajikistan & 14) Vietnam.
On the other hand, Junior Fed Cup saw 8 teams competing in the pre qualifying, which were; 1) Iraq, 2) Lebanon, 3) Pacific Oceania, 4) Philippines, 5) Singapore, 6) Sri Lanka, 7) Tajikistan & 8) Vietnam.
In the Junior Davis Cup PQ, it was to be the teams from Philippines & Singapore, which qualified for the Final Qualifying stage.
Seeded number one in the JDC PQ, Philippines rode on the efficient stroke play of their number one player, Ar-thur Craig Pantino, who had benefitted well from the sup-port extended to him by the ITF in 2015 & 2017.
Arthur was invited to be a part of the ITF 14&Under and 16&Under teams in 2015 and 2017 respectively, and the experience of being on these team trips seems to have complemented his on court hard work.
Singapore; seeded 6th in the event did well by reaching the finals of the pre qualify-ing event, where they even-tually lost to Philippines 2-1 to settle for the second spot.

In the Junior Fed Cup (Girls) PQ event, out of the eight participating teams, Pacific Oceania (1) and Sri Lanka (2) justified their seeding positions in the event, by qualifying for the Final Qualifying round of the Asia Oceania JFC event.
With their qualification, the action moved on to the Fi-nal Qualifying round of the event, which was once again held at the R. K Khan-na Tennis stadium.
With the venue remaining the same, it was for the big league to take over the sce-ne, with countries like Chi-na, Australia, Korea, Japan , India to name a few, fighting for the qualification spots for the world finals of the JDC.
The Final Qualifying round of these events comprises of 16 teams, which includes the two teams coming from the Pre Qualifying rounds.

The 16 teams in the Asian Re-gional Final Qualifying round of the Junior Davis Cup were; 1) Australia, 2) China, 3) Chinese Taipei, 4) Hong Kong, 5) India, 6) Indonesia, 7) Japan, 8) Ka-zakhstan, 9) Korea, 10) Malay-sia, 11) New Zealand, 12) Syria, 13) Thailand, 14) Uzbekistan, with 15) Philippines & 16) Singa-pore as the two qualifying coun-tries in the event.
The league stage saw some good competition with six of the eight seeded teams making it to the Quarter Finals stage. These countries were: Chinese Taipei (1/8), Thailand, Japan (4/8), Ko-rea (3/8), Uzbekistan (8/8), Aus-tralia (5/8), Hong Kong & China (2/8),  Thailand and Hong Kong capitalized on their players performances by qualifying for the Quarterfinals line up at the expense of seeded coun-tries India (6/8) and Philippines (7/8).
In the QF ties, Chinese Taipei beat Thailand; Japan over came the chal-lenge of Korea, while Australia and China beat Uzbekistan and Hong Kong respectively, to secure their berths in the Junior Davis Cup World Finals, which will be held in Budapest (Hungary) in September 2017.

In the finals of the Asia Oceania Final Qualifying, Japan (4/8) overcame a stiff challenge from Australia (5/8) to end as the Winners of the 2017 ITF AO JDC event.
The subsequent week of Asia Oceania ITF Junior Fed Cup Final Qualifying round saw participation from the fol-lowing countries: 1) Australia, 2) Chi-na, 3) Chinese Taipei, 4) Hong Kong, 5) India, 6) Indonesia, 7) Japan, 8) Ka-zakhstan, 9) Korea, 10) Kyrgyzstan 11) Malaysia, 12) New Zealand, 13) Thailand, 14) Uzbekistan, with 15) Pacific Oceania & 16) Sri Lanka as the two qualifying countries in the event.
Seven out of the eight seeded teams made it to the Quarter Final stage, from where the teams were to fight it out, for the three spots available for the Asia Oceania region, in the world finals of the Junior Fed Cup, which is due to be played in September in Bu-dapest, Hungary.

At the Semifinals stage, Japan beat Chinese Taipei 2-1, while Thailand ended the challenge of Australia by a similar margin to secure their berths in the World Finals.
For the third spot, Chinese Taipei beat the Australian team 2-1; thus securing their spot in the Budapest event.
The action now moves on to the Asia Oceania ITF World Junior Ten-nis Competition for Boys and Girls, out of which the Boys event has culminated, and the Girls event is underway in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 2017 finals of the WJT Boys and Girls would be held in Pro-stejov, Czech Republic in the month of August.
Qualifiers for World Finals from Asia Oceania Zone
JDC Australia; China; Chinese Taipei & Japan
JFC Japan, Thailand & Chinese Taipei



[2017-04-02]

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