Each year a selection of teams make their way to Europe in the early summer months around May and June as part of a 16 & Under Tour with each team travelling with their own coaches.
The exact composition of the teams change each year but in the recent past there have been players from South America, Africa, Asia and Europe as well as International teams.
The 2012 Teams
In 2012 there were two teams that toured in Italy during May and June, one from Europe and another from South America, taking in four events as well as a training camp for the European team.
The highlights of the tour included a number of successes in Foligno including victory for Iryna Shymanovich in the girls' singles and alongside Aliona Bolsova defeated teammates Kateryna Sliusar and Vivian Zlatanova in the girls' doubles. The boys also made an impact in their draw with Alexander Lebedyn reaching the final and quarterfinal appearance for top seed Petros Chrysochos. The pair also combined to defeat the South American Tour pairing of Luis Valero and Osni Junior in the doubles final.
Chrysochos bounced-back in Montecatini to win the singles title and also make it consecutive doubles titles with Lebedyn. Bolsova edged out Shymanovich in an all-Touring Team girls' singles final.
Shymanovich got some revenge in Milan taking the singles title and beating Bolsova along the way in another tight encounter and the two girls reformed their partnership from Foligno to add to their silverware in the doubles. Although Levedyn and Chrysochos were once again the stand outs in the boys' draw neither made it to the singles Final but they did make it a third doubles title together.
Chrysochos and Lebedyn crowned the tour off in emphatic style competing in the singles final against each other with the Cypriot coming out on top before making it a clean sweep in doubles across the month. Shymanovich and Bolsova also met in the girls' singles final where Shymanovich once again took victory, before they too added another doubles title to their names.
The full team lists can be found below:
European 16 & Under Touring Team to Europe
Alexander Lebedyn (UKR), Petros Chrysochos (CYP), Kenneth Raisma (EST), Aleksandre Bakshi (GEO), Iryna Shymanovich (BLR), Erika Hendsel (EST), Vivian Zlatanova (BUL), Aliona Bolsova (MDA), Kateryna Sliusar (UKR)
Coaches: Goran Shevchenko (MKD) and Irena Chichmarova (BLR)
South American 16 & Under Touring Team to Europe
Luis Valero (COL), Osni Santos Junior (BRA), Gabriela Ferreira (PAR), Natalia de Ugarte (BOL)
Coach: Mauricio Solis (BOL)