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U.S. teams for junior Billie Jean King Cup Finals and Davis Cup Finals announced

Victoria Chiesa | September 23, 2022


Six talented teenagers will represent the U.S. at the junior Billie Jean King Cup Finals and Davis Cup Finals in November. 

 

The 2022 Junior Billie Jean King Cup and Junior Davis Cup Finals will take place in Antalya, Turkey from Nov. 1-6 with 16 teams in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions competing to be crowned junior world champions. Clervie Ngounoue, Valerie Glozman and Iva Jovic will play for U.S. captain Lori Riffice in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, while Jon Glover's U.S. junior Davis Cup Finals squad will be made up of Alexander Razeghi, Kaylan Bigun and Meecah Bigun.

 

Like their professional counterparts, the junior Billie Jean King Cup and Davis Cup are the flagship international team tennis competition, and players aged 16-and-under represent their nations on teams. Players including Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 2015), Iga Swiatek (Poland, 2016), Carlos Alcaraz (Spain, 2018) and Coco Gauff (U.S., 2018) are among those who have led their respective nations to titles in recent years. 

All six players competed at the recently-concluded US Open and made their mark: 2022 Australian Open girls' doubles champion Ngounoue returned to the junior Grand Slam stage for the first time since that triumpg and reached the quarterfinals of the girls' singles event, while the Bigun brothers reached the same round in the boys' doubles competition.

 

En route to the third round of the girls' singles event as a wild card, Jovic had the comeback of the tournament: She rallied from 5-0, 40-15 down to defeat No. 5 seed and Roland Garros finalist Solana Sierra of Argentina, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(9). Glozman, who was awarded a wild card into women's qualifying by virtue of her runner-up finish in San Diego, also turned heads in a 6-3, 7-6(6) win over former Top 100 player Dalila Jakupovic. 

Since the event debuted in 1985, the U.S. has won a record six junior Billie Jean King Cup titles all-time, having medaled a total of 13 times. Three of those titles came consecutively from 2017-19. The U.S. boys are four-time junior Davis Cup champions dating back to 1985, with 11 total medals. The event was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the U.S. opted not to participate in 2021.

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