Ust-Kamenogorsk ITF Juniors G5
UST-KAMENOGORSK, KAZAKHSTAN: Ust-Kamenogorsk, in eastern Kazakhstan, hosted a Grade 5 ITF Junior Circuit event last week. In 2010 Kazzinc Ltd. constructed a tennis centre comprises seven outdoor hard courts and four indoor carpet courts, which was held an ITF Junior Circuit event ever since.
The Tournament brought together a hundred and thirteen junior tennis players from five different countries such; Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. The overwhelming majority (86 players) were from the host nation who and it was players from Kazakhstan who excelled.
In all Kazakh boy’s final Dmitriy Popko defeated Timur Khabibulin in three hard fought sets. Popko and Khabibulin then teamed up to capture the boy’s doubles title. The top two seeds met in the girl’s singles final where top seed Antonia Lysakova (RUS) defeated Asiya Dair second seed (KAZ) 61 75. There was some consolation for Dair who teamed up with compatriot Alexandra Grinchishina to win the girl’s doubles.
The ITF Referee, Kirill Parfenov, said of the event “it’s the third time when ITF Juniors G5 takes place in Ust-Kamenogorsk and every year it attracts more and more participants. I’m sure that more participants will come to this Tennis Tournament next year”.
Alexandr Rudenko, who works for the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, attended the event and praised the local Kazakh boys and girls on their performances “The success of Kazakhstan participants in this tournament is the result of major efforts of the players and the coaches. Intensive preparation and training sessions have contributed to this result”.