Falck makes Davis Cup team

EXPOSURE: Reece Falck will have the opportunity to play some of Asia/Oceania's top players at the Junior Davis Cup.

Burwood Park’s Reece Falck has been named in the New Zealand Junior Davis Cup team.

Falck, 14, will travel to New Delhi, India, for the Asia/Oceania event, which runs from March 11-19.

The Shirley Boys’ High School student is the youngest member of the three-man New Zealand team, which includes Hutt Valley student George Stoup, 15, and Auckland’s Chris Zhang, 15.

Falck’s spot in the squad comes on the back of winning the national 14 and under title in Auckland last month.

“I was hopeful of making it this year, it’s really exciting,” he said.

Before heading to New Delhi, the New Zealand team will visit Thailand, where they will have the chance to play in the LTAT ITF grade one tournament in early March. It is the only grade one junior tournament in Asia during the month and will feature some of the world’s best under-18 players, including junior world No 2 Yibing Wu from China.

“It’s going to be pretty hard even just to qualify there because it’s grade one. I didn’t play that well at my first ITF in Christchurch last month because I was pretty tired after all of the national tournaments,” said Falck.

The Junior Davis Cup, an international team competition for players aged 16 and under, was launched by the ITF in 1985. New Zealand will have the chance to qualify for the World Group Finals in Hungary if they finish as one of the top four teams in New Delhi.

The junior team will hope they have more luck than the senior Davis Cup team who were beaten 4-1 by India in their Asia/Oceania group one tie earlier this month.

Falck, who is coached by his father Andrew, had a fortnight to remember in January.

He won the 14 and under nationals, defeating No 1 seed Nick Beamish 6-0, 6-2, in the final. He then helped Canterbury to victory in the 14 and under teams event, beating Auckland 5-4 in the final.

Before that, Falck made it to the second round of the 16 and under nationals at Wilding Park before being beaten 5-7, 6-4, 1-6, by Stoupe.

Falck leaves for Thailand and India early next month.