The ITF/GSDF International 18 & Under Touring Team to Europe takes advantage of a packed early summer calendar in Central and Western Europe which includes two Grand Slam competitions with Junior draws in Roland Garros and Wimbledon, as well as a number of other Grade A and Grade 1 events.
The proximity of these tournaments within both time and geography means that there is a huge opportunity for players to gain tournament experience combined with the time in mini-training camps with top coaches along the way.
Recent notable past members of the International 18 & Under team to Europe include Veronica Cepede Royg (2010), Jessy Rompies, Nadia Lalami, Elena Bogdan and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (2008), Christopher Rungkat, Ricardas Barankis, Irina Begu (2007) and Raluca Olaru (2005).
The 2012 Team
Boys: Herkko Pollanen (FIN), Karim Hossam (EGY), Temur Ismailov (UZB), Wayne Montgomery (RSA), Hyeon Chung (KOR), Hassan Ndayishimiye (BDI), Jorge Brian Panta Herreros (PER), Guillermo Nunez (CHI)
Girls: Maria Ines Deheza (BOL), Ilka Csoregi (ROU), Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR), Aldila Sutjiadi (INA), Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), Mai El Kamash (EGY), Su Jeong Jang (KOR), Zarah Razafimahatratra (MAD)
The International 18 & Under ITF/GSDF Touring Team to Europe members proved the ones to beat at the tournament in Offenbach, Germany after Hyeon Chung took home the boys’ singles trophy, Jorge Brian Panta Herreros partnered Christian Garin to lift the boys’ doubles crown and Ilka Csoregi and Zarah Razafimahatratra combined to win the girls’ doubles title.
There was further success for the team when Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko came through qualifying to win the girls’ title at the 48th Astrid Bowl in Belgium, overcoming home favourite Kimberley Zimmermann in the final. Bolivia’s Maria Ines Deheza couldn’t quite make it a clean sweep for the touring team as she and partner Elke Limmens fell in the girls’ doubles.
During the eight-week tour there were also runner-up performances from Wayne Montgomery and Temur Izmailov. Montgomery had got the tour off to a good start when he finished as runner-up to Laurent Lokoli at the 34th Torneo Internationale “Citta di Santa Croce”, while Izmailov produced his best result at the Trofeo Bonfiglio by reaching the final where he lost out after a hard-fought battle to No. 3 seed Gianluigi Quinzi.
The tour also encompassed a week's training in Pisa, Italy, prior to the seven Grade A and Grade 1 tournaments in Europe, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Montserrat Gonzalez produced the best result in Paris, when she reached the girls’ doubles final with partner Beatriz Haddad Maia. The duo just missed out on lifting the trophy after losing the match tiebreak.
Gonzalez produced a notable upset at Wimbledon when she knocked out the No.4 seed Anna Danilina 67 64 64 in the second round before falling to No.16 seed Ana Konjuh.
Four ITF/GSDF team coaches accompanied the team: Ivan Molina (COL), Frank Zlesak (CZE), Roberta Burzagli (BRA) and Dermot Sweeney (ZAM).
2012 Full Tour Schedule
|10 - 13 May:
||ITF Training Camp, Italy
|21 - 27 May:
||53rd Trofeo Bonfiglio 2012, Milan, Italy
|28 May - 2 June:
||48th Astrid Bowl, Charleroi, Belgium
|3 - 10 June:
||Roland Garros, Paris, France
|12 - 17 June:
||20th International Junior Tournament of Offenbach
|24 - 29 June:
||Lensbury Club Training Camp, UK
|30 June - 8 July:
||The Junior Championships, Wimbledon, UK