Group II Europe/Africa 1st Round

31 Jan - 02 Feb 2014, Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, Finland, Hard, Indoor

Team nominations

    • Jarkko NIEMINEN
    • Date of birth:  23 Jul 1981
    • Singles ranking:  153
    • Doubles ranking:  276
    • Micke KONTINEN
    • Date of birth:  18 Dec 1992
    • Singles ranking:  654
    • Doubles ranking:  1033
    • Herkko POLLANEN
    • Date of birth:  21 Jul 1994
    • Singles ranking:  2201=
    • Doubles ranking:  857
    • Henri KONTINEN
    • Date of birth:  19 Jun 1990
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking:  31
  • Captain Kim TIILIKAINEN
    • Tihomir GROZDANOV
    • Date of birth:  29 Apr 1987
    • Singles ranking:  1576=
    • Doubles ranking:  1006=
    • Dimitar KUTROVSKY
    • Date of birth:  27 Aug 1987
    • Singles ranking:  315
    • Doubles ranking:  343
    • Aleksandar LAZOV
    • Date of birth:  09 Jul 1990
    • Singles ranking:  410
    • Doubles ranking:  335
    • Dinko HALACHEV
    • Date of birth:  22 Oct 1984
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking: 
  • Captain Todor ENEV

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