The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced that the Spanish capital of Madrid will host the finals of the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup national youth team tournaments from 2015 to 2017.
Under a three-year agreement, the joint event will take place at Madrid’s Caja Magica, a venue that also hosts the Madrid Open ATP World Tour and WTA Tour events. The finals will be staged on 16 clay courts, including two stadium outdoor show courts, and managed by Madrid Trophy Promotion, organiser of the Madrid Open.
Spain has hosted the finals on six previous occasions, with the most recent being in 2012 when Barcelona staged the event. However, 2015 will mark the first time that the finals will take place in the Spanish capital.
ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “We are delighted that the Caja Magica will host the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals. The arena will provide a spectacular setting to showcase this important team competition for the development of our most talented young players. I am also sure that there will be an added incentive next year for players to qualify for the finals and compete at one of the major arenas on the professional tennis circuit.”
Launched in 1985 as the World Youth Cup, the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cups are the ITF’s official team competition for players aged 16-and-under. The annual tournaments feature around 100 nations competing in a series of regional qualifying events to become one of 16 boys and 16 girls teams at the finals. Many of the world’s leading senior professional players have represented their country at the event, including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep.
The 2014 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup finals will be held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico from September 23-28.