September 26th, 2016
Florida’s Anisimova, Korda to Represent U.S. in Jr. Davis, Fed Cup Tennis
Sebastian Korda (16, Bradenton, Fla.; Coaches: Petr Korda, Leo Azevedo), son of former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, and Amanda Anisimova (15, Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.; Coaches: Konstantin and Olga Anisimova, Erik Kortland, Nick Saviano) will represent the U.S. on the Junior Davis and Fed Cup teams respectively when the Junior Fed Cup and Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals are held Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2016 on red clay courts in Budapest, Hungary.
The competition includes 16 nations on both the boys’ and girls’ sides, competing first in round robin groups, then in a knockout bracket to determine the winner. In 2014 the U.S. swept both titles for the second time in seven years. Last year, the U.S. girls finished second to the Czech Republic, while the boys finished seventh.
On the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team Korda is joined by Keenan Mayo (16, Roseville, Calif.; Coach: Vahe Assadourian) and Sangeet Sridhar (16, Glendale, Ariz.; Coach: Lou Belken), coached by USTA National Coach Leo Azevedo. Anisimova is joined by Claire Liu (16, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Coaches: Adam Peterson, Mike Gennette) and Caty McNally (15, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally), coached by USTA National Coach Adam Peterson.
Anisimova, ranked No. 4 in the ITF’s world junior rankings for all players ages 18 and under, reached the French Open girls’ singles final in May to rise to No. 2 in the world junior rankings at 14 years old.
Korda was one of a group of U.S. junior boys to train with Ivan Lendl last year through a USTA Player Development initiative, winning the USTA Boys’ 18s clay court national title and then reaching the third round of the US Open boys’ singles championships earlier this month.
The U.S. has won three Junior Fed Cup titles (2008,’12,’14) and three Junior Davis Cup titles (1999,’08,’14). Former U.S. junior international team members include Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, and Sloane Stephens. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic also have also represented their respective countries in junior international team competition.
For more info go to www.itftennis.com/juniors/team-competitions/jdc-jfc-by-bnp-paribas.aspx.