Ukrainian players dominated this year’s ITF/Tennis Europe 14 & Under Development Championships which took place in Antalya, Turkey on 15-25 March. The event, which was hosted by the Turkish Tennis Federation, attracted players from 18 countries and comprised a two-day training camp followed by two Category 2 tournaments.
Top seed Denys Klok (UKR) won both the boys’ singles titles without dropping a set defeating his compatriot Vladyslav Chumak in the final of the two tournaments. Chumak and Klok went on to win the first boys’ doubles against the Estonian pair of Mattias Siimar and Kristjan Tamm 16 76(4) [10-6]. The following week saw the Ukrainians overcome second seeds Mikalai Haliak and Maxim Tybar from Belarus in the final 63 63.
Unseeded Natalya Malenko (UKR) proved to be the star of both girls’ events, beating top seed Anastasiya Klymenko (UKR) 62 76(3) and 75 63 respectively in the final of the two tournaments. The girls then teamed up to win the first week’s doubles event overcoming Vera Lapko and Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus 61 76(4) in the final. The Belarusians went on to win the second tournament, defeating Krista Cerpina and Gundega Pastore from Latvia 75 63.
ITF/Tennis Europe Development Officer Hrvoje Zmajic commented: “Thanks to the ITF/Tennis Europe Development Programme, the Development Championships have once again helped a number of our smaller nations to compete in this high quality tournament. The facilities here in Antalya are first class and with ten matches over ten days, all players and coaches were able to make the most of the opportunity to work on their games and gain international experience.”
A number of today’s top professionals, including Victoria Azarenka and Marcos Baghdatis have benefitted from playing the event in the past.
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