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Tunisia’s Tennis Club la Marsa played host to the African Qualifying Event for the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition and the Junior Davis Cup/Fed Cup by... 2017 World Junior Championship Ends

Tunisia’s Tennis Club la Marsa played host to the African Qualifying Event for the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition and the Junior Davis Cup/Fed Cup by BNP Paribas events this past June.

Eighteen teams from eight African nations took part, with Tunisia, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Seychelles fielding boys’ and girls’ teams in the respective under 14 and under 16 competitions.

In the Junior Davis Cup event, six teams competed for the two spots up for grabs at the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest Hungary, from 27 September – 2 October.  Morocco came out top of the group while Egypt came in a close second, with both nations therefore earning a spot at the Finals.

There was just one place available in the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and, again, Morocco dominated the event to claim the sole place at the Finals in Hungary.

In the ITF World Junior Tennis competition there was only one spot available in each, as teams competed for a spot at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov Czech Republic, from 1-6 August. It was Tunisia who claimed top spot in the boys’ event.  They will be joined by South Africa girls’ team, who prevailed to seal its spot in the Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

The Nigeria team suffered mixed fate since the start of the championship, with Oyinlomo Quadri standing out as Nigeria’s player of the tournament after winning three consecutive matches but the entire team could not win a game. They were beaten by South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt before turning the table against Kenya to win 3-0 in an entertaining encounter.

The closing ceremony registered the attendance of Mr Tarak Cherif, CAT President and Mrs. Salma Mouelhi-Guizani FTT President, Mr Riad Davids ITF Representative as well as Mr. Hichem Riani, General Secretary of the CAT, Ms. Issem Essais CAT Representative and great number of spectators, officials and parents.

Credit: ITF.com/ nigeriantennislive.blogspot.com

Gabriel Amoakoh