MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: The Grade A Abierto Juvenil Mexicano kicks off the 2013 ITF Junior Circuit next week with many of the world’s top juniors hoping for a victorious start to the season. Taking place from 23-29 December at the Club Deportivo Chapultepec in Mexico City, Mexico the tournament has attracted many of the top players on the circuit.
Heading the boys' field is Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR). Currently the world No. 6 and with the experience of making the final last year, Silva will be confident of going one better this time around. Alongside his runner-up spot here last year, another highlight of the 2012 season was at the US Open where he lifted the doubles title with Kyle Edmond (GBR).
At just two places behind Silva in the world rankings, Nikola Milojevic (SRB) will be one of his strongest challengers to the title. The Serb was victorious in two Grade 1 events in 2012 and will be hopeful of repeating the success at Grade A level in the first tournament of the 2013 season. The eleventh seeded Ricky Medinilla (MEX) is the host’s strongest competitor in the field. As a quarterfinalist last year at the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, Medinilla will be hoping to go even deeper into the draw a year on.
Belinda Bencic (SUI) is the top seed for the girls' event. She will be going into the new season full of confidence having won two Women’s ITF $10K events in late September, both in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The world No.13, Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) is the No. 2 seed at this season opening event. Hsu rounded off her 2012 season by winning the Asian/Oceania Closed International Junior Tennis Championships in Seogwipo and will be aiming to continue this form into the start of 2013.
Four Mexicans are among the 16 seeds for the girls' event so the host nation will be hopeful of strong interest come the business end of the week. Victoria Rodriguez (MEX) is the highest at No. 5. The world No. 56 had a good year in 2012, which included three runners-up spots in women’s $10K events, and will be hoping for a strong start to the new season to propel her inside the world’s top 50.
Daily reports and updates will be available on the ITF Juniors website.