Scotland prepare for their U17 European Team Championships Campaign

Scotland begin their U17 European Team Championship campaign against Slovakia on Tuesday targeting a possible spot on the podium.


Seeded fifth-eighth, Scotland have an eight-strong team in Prague, Czech Republic, with the three Rachels leading the way on the women’s side.


Rachels Andrew, Cameron and Sugden will each take to the court for the Scots this week, as they face group matches against Austria and Croatia after their Slovakian opener.


Alice Campbell is the only non-Rachel on the women’s side of the team, while Joshua Apiliga, Alastair Campbell, Josh McKay and Adam Pringle comprise the men’s quartet.


Denmark lead the seedings, with England second and France and Turkey in the third-fourth spots, meaning Scotland will be hoping to make the knockout stages and be in with a sniff of a medal come the end of the week.


Hot on the heels of the Team Championship is the individual event, also in Prague, with matches started to be played on Saturday – the same day the team event draws to a close.


The same eight players will be in action, with Apiliga and Campbell set to play in the men’s singles, while Sugden and Cameron take on the women’s event.


Apiliga starts off against Lithuania’s Jonas Petkus, while Campbell plays Poland’s Lukasz Cimosz, seeded seventh.


Sugden – herself seeded 11th – take on Sweden’s Cecilia Wang with Cameron playing Russian 14th seed Anastasiia Shapovalova.


In the doubles events McKay and Campbell play German fourth seeds Matthias Kicklitz and Emma Moszczynski in the first round of the mixed, with Pringle and Andrew – the fifth seeds – taking on Cyprus’ Orestic Pissis and Ioanna Pissi.


Lastly, the men’s doubles see Apiliga and Pringle receive a first-round bye as second seeds, while Campbell and McKay take on Pissis and Savvas Hadjipantelis.


And in the women’s doubles Campbell and Sugden take on Spain’s Laura Chillon and Ainoa Cuervas, with Andrew and Cameron playing Norway’s Sofia Macsali and Emilia Petersen Norberg.