Australia’s Junior Davis Cup Team
A mixture of experienced campaigners and first-timers represented Australia in the Junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania final qualifying events in Kuching, Malaysia.
Queenslander Oliver Anderson and fellow 15-year-olds Max Purcell and Alex De Minaur, of New South Wales, formed the boys’ team for the April 28 to May 3 competition. Anderson, 15, represented his country in last year’s finals, which Australia finished third in, but Purcell and De Minaur made their debuts at this level.
Contesting the qualifying competition the third seeded Australian team established themselves atop round robin Group D by winning all three matches 3-0, against Thailand, Singapore and India. Australia then advanced to the play-off for first to eighth positions but had a surprise loss against Hong Kong by 1 rubber to 2 rubbers to miss out on a chance to progress.
The top four nations from the Asia/Oceania region following the play-off stage progress to September’s finals.
On Monday evening the 19th May 2014 the Board held a Valedictory Dinner to acknowledge the contribution of four retired members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Although some time has passed since their retirement we acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Brian Tobin, Vice President (2000-2011) and Des O’Brien, Honorary Treasurer (1994 – 2011).
More recently, Ian Johnson retired as a Board Member (2000 – 2013) at the last Annual Meeting in November and Graeme Williams (Board Member 1977 – 2014), who had previously indicated his intent retired at the most recent Board meeting in May.
Each has made a valuable and significant contribution to the Foundation over many years.
The President Neale Fraser and Vice President Trevor Dohnt spoke about each of the Guests, who in turn responded with some interesting anecdotes of the time involved in tennis and the Foundation in particular.
It was a particularly happy occasion and we thank the staff at the Kooyong Tennis Club for their professional contribution to the evening and in doing so advise members of the Foundation they have the opportunity to consider arranging private functions at Kooyong by contacting the Functions Manager.
Our next encounter against Uzbekistan
In late January early February Australia travelled to France to play the first round in the World Group for 2014.
Australia was soundly defeated by France 5/0 and consequently reverted as one of eight seeded nations to the World Group Play-Offs 2014, where we have been drawn to play Uzbekistan in Australia. It will be played at the Cottesloe Tennis Club, in Perth, on grass.
The dates of the tie are Friday 12 – Sunday 14 September 2014.
It is anticipated Ian Jane from Bentleigh Travel will prepare and circulate details of a tour package to the host City. Members will be advised accordingly.
In the meantime we expect to see some credible performances by Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis at the up-coming Grand Slam events in France, Wimbledon and the United States.
Australia goes down to France 0-5
Australia has lost the first round World Group Tie against France and now must win a play-off match against one of the zone winners to retain its spot in the World Group. This tie will be played in September and the draw done in late April. Australia will be seeded so we are hopeful that we can be victorious in this match.
For a full report on the French tie click on the link below:
Next AO Luncheon – Friday 30 January 2015.
If you missed our last Australian Open Luncheon then you missed a great celebratory tennis occasion when we dined and were entertained with the stories from the players of the memorable 1957 Davis Cup encounter.
Arrangements for the 2015 AO luncheon are progressing and it is proposed that we celebrate the 56th anniversary of the 1959 victory when Australia defeated the USA 3-2 at the West Side Tennis Club Forest Hills New York with our team of Rod Laver, Neale Fraser and Roy Emerson, with non-playing Captain Harry Hopman.
Currently our President Neale Fraser is engaged in ensuring player attendance, along with the legendary Fred Stolle, who has supported the Foundation in its endeavours, for the past couple of years, as the MC of the day.
The proposed venue for the luncheon is the Members Dining Room at the Melbourne Cricket Club which is convenient for members wishing to attend the twilight tennis session later in the day. The luncheon cost, although yet to be determined, is inclusive of premium beverages and an action packed day.
We continue to seek members support of the AO Luncheon and invite any member who can offer support to the Luncheon by donating either auction, raffle or table gift items are advised to contact Judy or Bob at the Foundation Office on 03 9499 6228 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Significant items of particular interest are wine, travel, accommodation and items of memorabilia for the Silent Auction. Your generosity will be acknowledged in promotional material generated for the day and any assistance is greatly appreciated.
Bookings will open in late August early September with our AO ticketing mail-out.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Davis Cup Tennis Foundation was held at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club on Thursday 28 November at 8.00pm.
Todd Woodbridge was the guest speaker and the meeting adopted the updated ADCTF constitution.