The ITF today announced that the
Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
Finals will move to the iconic Caja Magica (Magic Box)
arena in Madrid for three years in 2015-17. The event
will be staged on 16 clay courts, including two stadium
outdoor show courts, and managed by Madrid Trophy
Promotion, organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is
the ITF’s official team competition for players aged
16-and-under. Launched in 1985 as the World Youth Cup,
the competition has grown from 40 nations to around 100
nations each year, 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 players
have represented their country in the competition,
including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Agnieszka
Radwanska and Simona Halep.
BNP Paribas has
sponsored the Junior Davis Cup since it was rebranded in
2002, before going on to sponsor Junior Fed Cup in 2005.
Its current agreement with both competitions runs
through 2016 as part of its long-term association with
The Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP
Paribas Finals have been held in Spain on six previous
occasions, most recently in Barcelona in 2012, but this
is the first time that they will be staged in Madrid.
“We are delighted that the Caja Magica will
host the Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
Finals,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “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.”
The Madrid Caja Magica arena, designed by the French
architect Dominique Perrault and home of the Mutua
Madrid Open since 2009, is a multi-purpose sports,
cultural and leisure events complex in the south of the
city that opened in 2009. It can host both indoor and
outdoor events, thanks to a series of retractable roofs
over its three stadiums. The facility has a total of
three stadium clay courts, 16 outdoor clay courts, and
11 indoor hard courts.
This infrastructure in
the city of Madrid is managed by the municipal company
Madrid Destino, the main professional manager of spaces
in the capital at the service of culture and tourism,
professionals and companies.
The 2014 Junior
Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals will
be held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 23-28 September,
with Spain’s boys team and Russia’s girls team the
current title holders. A total of 178 teams from 98
countries will take part in this year’s event, with
qualifying events continuing through August.