All four teams from the USA qualified for the world finals during the North Central America & Caribbean final qualifying that was held in Montreal this weekend. Qualifying host nation Canada will join them at the World Junior Tennis finals in Prostejov.
As expected after the results of the first two days of the competition, the USA boys team won the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final Qualifying with a comfortable win over the Dominican Republic on the third day of the round robin competition. The US boys, despite playing without their top player Stefan Kozlov only dropped five games in three matches.
The USA Junior Fed Cup team, who are defending world champions after their victory in Barcelona last year, took on Canada today in the decider for the only spot at the Finals in San Luis Potosi. The US girls won both singles matches and will be able to defend their title in Mexico.
After having defeated USA in yesterday’s top match of the World Junior Tennis girls competition, the Canadian team sealed victory in the final qualifying event when they beat Mexico in their last group match today. USA finished second with a win over Guatemala and will join Canada at the finals in Prostejov.
In the World Junior Tennis boys competition, USA and Canada had already qualified after yesterday’s ties when they faced each other to determine the winner of the competition. USA, who are defending World Champions in the event, won the tie in the third set of the deciding doubles match, to advance to the finals as the regions champion.
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Juniors -- Cameron Klinger of San Jose defeated Nikita Matveyko of Kirkland, Wash., 7-5, 6-2 to win the boys 18 singles title at the Rio del Oro Junior Championships in Sacramento. Both players were unseeded.
Matveyko served for the first set at 5-4.
"I played a couple good games to win the set," said Klinger, whose height (6-foot-2) and power belie his age (15). "I think that hurt him mentally (in the second set)."
Klinger, who swept the USTA national boys 14 singles and doubles titles in 2011, was playing in his first tournament in two months.
"I was burned out," he explained. "I spent three or four months (playing) in Florida. I feel a lot better now."
Klinger recently began working with Fresno-based Brad Stein, the former coach of International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier.