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2004 Jul 07 - GB boys win junior world title

Great Britain Under-14 boys have won the World Junior Tennis title by defeating the host nation Czech Republic 2-0 in the final.

British No.2 Lewis Barnes needed just two sets for a well deserved 6-3 7-5 win over the previously unbeaten Jan Trocil, while Daniel Evans kept a 5-0 unbeaten record in the tournament with a tight 7-5 7-6 win over Emanuel Rehola. The GB team also included Daniel Evans who should be congratulated for his efforts in the earlier rounds.

David Felgate (LTA Performance Director) said:

"This is a great achievement for a team that has worked extremely hard under Leighton Alfred to reach these world finals. They fully deserved their victory in the final after a week of excellent performances."

The GB team were the fifth and last qualifiers in Europe and seeded 8 so they were not tipped to win the tournament. In the early rounds they defeated Venezuela 2-1, Korea 2-1, France 2-1 and Thailand 2-1 before reaching the final.

The overall standings were as follows:

    1. Great Britain (8)
    2. Czech Republic
    3. Thailand
    4. Italy (4)
    5. France (1)
    6. Germany (7)
    7. USA (3)
    8. Croatia (6)
    9. Australia (2)
    10. Korea
    11. South Africa
    12. Argentina
    13. Brazil (5)
    14. Mexico
    15. Venezuela
    16. Egypt

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