06 Aug 2017

Ukraine and USA favourites in Prostejov

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Photo: Srdjan StevanovicUkraine Team

Ukraine return to defend their girls’ title at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic, led by Dasha Lopatetskya, a member of the 2016 victorious team.

Lopatetskya, the highest-ranked girl in the competition and the 2017 Under 14 European Champion, will be joined by Lyubov Kostenko and Anastasiya Soboleva as Ukraine bid to add the World Junior Tennis Finals trophy to the one they won at the Summer Cups last month.

The top seeds will face Korea Republic, Bulgaria and Tunisia in the round-robin stage after the four teams were pitted against each other at Sunday evening’s draw at the T.K. Prostejov Club.

No. 2 seeds USA find themselves in a tough group with France, China and Venezuela as they look to win the girls’ event for the first time since 2013. Last year’s finalists have named under 12 junior Orange Bowl champion Cori Gauff, who at 13 is one of the youngest in the competition, as their No. 1 player.  

Group B features No. 4 seeds Australia, hosts Czech Republic, who boast Darja Vidmanova, the No. 2 ranked Tennis Europe player, in their side, Slovakia and Canada, while Group C is comprised of No. 3 seeds Russia, Peru, Thailand and Morocco.

On the boys’ side reigning champions Argentina are also back to defend their title. The No. 4 seeds bring a new trio of players as they attempt to become the first team to successfully defend the boys’ title since USA in 2003. The South American nation will play Russia, whose players all feature in the top 20 of the Tennis Europe rankings, Switzerland and Thailand in the group stages.

Top seeds in the boys’ event this year will be USA, who have been drawn in a group with Czech Republic, Australia and Italy. USA are no strangers to success in this competition but haven’t won the title here since 2012 when Michael Mmoh and Francis Tiafoe led the Americans to glory over Korea Republic.

China have brought back Xiao Fei Wang for a second straight year and will be hoping the experience he gained in the competition in 2016, when they reached the final, will help China to triumph for the first time. The No. 2 seeds looked very impressive during regional qualifying where they didn’t drop a rubber. Brazil, Mexico and Serbia stand in their way in the group stages.

The remaining boys’ group is made up of No. 3 seeds and Summer Cups winners Spain, Japan, Peru and Egypt. In total, 25 nations are represented this week.

The 2017 edition of the competition, which has been held in Prostejov for the last 19 years, sees the addition of a quarterfinal stage for the first time. This means teams will play each day and will no longer have a rest day as in previous years.

To watch live streaming from Centre Court and Courts 1, 2 and 6 please click on the links below. Live scores from each court are also available. Play gets underway at 10.30am local time on Monday. 

Boys’ draw 

Girls' draw

Order of play and results

Live streaming: Centre Court 

Live streaming: Court 1

Live streaming: Court 2 

Live streaming: Court 6

Live scores