Photo: Otto SarquisGabriel Decamps (BRA)
The South American 14 & Under ITF/GSDF team completed a successful five-week trip to Europe playing the Tennis Europe 14 & under circuit.
The South American team got off to a flying start at the BNP Paribas tournament in Paris, when Thaisa Pedretti, of Brazil and Paraguayan Arianna Stagni reached the girls’ doubles semifinals, where they lost to eventual winners Jaimee Fourlis and Petra Hule, of Australia, 64 67(7) 102. The Colombian pairing of Emiliana Arango and Sofia Munera Sanchez featured in the other doubles semifinals but third seeds Himani Mor, of India and her Chinese partner Jia Qi Ren proved too strong for them winning the match 61 63.
The following week saw Brazilian player, Gabriel Decamps, lift the boys’ singles trophy at the Windmill Cup in Velp, the Netherlands. Decamps defeated No. 1 seed Karl Freiberg, of Sweden in the semifinals before going on to a hard fought win against Argentinian Camilo Ugo Carabelli in the finals 61 46 76(3).
Arango and Sanchez again took their place in the girls' doubles semifinals in Velp but were unable to find their form as they went down to second seeds Astrid Brune Olsen and Malene Helgo, of Norway, 62 64.
By the third week, in Nantes, the Colombian girls had advanced to the doubles finals but lost a closely fought three set match to Jiaqi Ren, of China and Uzbek player Komola Umarova 36 62 [10-2].
Pedretti and Stagni, improving on their earlier success in Paris defeated the Number 1 seeds in the second round of the last tournament, in Hasselt, before progressing to the girls’ doubles finals, where they were unable to overcome the strong pairing of Inci Ogut, of Turkey and Belarusian Nika Shytkouskaya 76(2) 64.
Peruvian Andres Donayre, winner of the boys’ consolation singles in Paris, achieved his best results in Hasselt when he captured the boys’ doubles title partnering Neos Eleftherios, of Cyprus, with a win over Parikshit Somani, of India and Yibing Wu, of China 64 06 [10-5] in the finals.
Donayre enjoyed further success when he beat No. 1 seed Kacper Zuk, of Poland in the third round in Hasselt but in the semifinals, seventh seed Lucas Vuradin, of Australia, blocked his way to the finals with a 62 61 victory over the Peruvian player.
The South American team was one of three ITF/GSDF funded touring teams competing in five Young Stars tournaments, part of the Tennis Europe 14 & Under circuit. The teams comprise the best players in the Under 14 age category and are selected through regional qualifying competitions.
Some of the South American players had also been selected to represent their country and joined their national teams in Prostejov, Czech Republic to participate in the World Junior Tennis finals – Matias Soto and Nicolas Acevedo played for the Chilean boys’ team, Gabriel Decamps joined his compatriots from Brazil, whilst Emiliana Arango and Sofia Munera represented Colombia. The remaining team players took part in the Hasselt tournament during the final leg of the tour.
|5 -7 July
||Training Camp, Paris
|8 - 14 July
||BNP Paribas Cup, Paris, France
|15 - 21 July
||Windmill Cup, Velp, Netherlands
|22 - 28 July
||Balle Mimosa Cup, Nantes, France
|29 July - 4 August
||36 Int Deutsche Tennismeisterschaft, Dueren, Germany
|5 - 10 August
||Lapperre Young Champions Cup, Hasselt, Belgium
|5 - 10 August
||World Junior Tennis Finals, Prostejov, Czech Republic
To access the draw sheets from the various tournaments, please click here.