02 Apr 2016

ITF Junior Masters: Who's who

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Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) and Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN)

Every day in the build-up to the ITF Junior Masters, we will be introducing two of the players competing in this year’s tournament. Today we take a closer look at Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic and Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Canada.

Miomir Kecmanovic

16-year-old Kecmanovic took the Junior tennis circuit by storm when he burst onto the scene in 2014. After suffering defeat in his first match on the circuit, the Serbian won his next tournament without dropping a set. The started a winning streak that lasted 26 matches, as Kecmanovic won four tournaments in a row, before losing in the final of the fifth.

Having started 2014 playing in Grade 4-level tournaments, by the end of the year his ranking had risen to the point where he earned a direct entry into the prestigious Grade A Osaka Mayor’s Cup, where he reached the quarterfinals, and the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, another Grade A event, where he reached the last 16.Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)

In 2015, Kecmanovic’s best results in the Grand Slams came in the doubles events where he reached the semifinals at the Junior Australian Open and at Junior Wimbledon. At the end of last year, he picked up the doubles title at the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano and the Grade I Eddie Herr before recording the best win of his brief career when he lifted the Orange Bowl title.

Kecmanovic has made a few appearances on the ITF Pro Circuit, reaching a quarterfinal at the end of 2015 and one more at the start of this year, both in the USA.

The young Serbian’s career started with a bang and he regained some of that form at the end of last year. If that can carry on then he could be in for a chance of winning the title in Chengdu.

Charlotte Robillard-Millette

Canada’s Charlotte Robillard-Millette made her Junior circuit debut at the age of just 13 in 2012. She reached her first final in 2013 and won her first doubles title later in the year. Her first singles title came in in 2014, while still only 15 years old.

Her best performance at the Grand Slams came at the 2015 Junior Australian Open where she reached the quarterfinals. Her best performance came at the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan where she reached the final. Unfortunately, she was unable to get past Marketa Vondrousova, who competed at last year’s inaugural Junior Masters.Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN)

Robillard-Millette’s best performance in 2016 has come at the Grade 1 Sarawak Chief Minister’s in Malaysia, where she reached the final. The Canadian also reached the quarterfinals in the doubles draw at the 2016 Junior Australian Open.

Robillard-Millette has represented Canada at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals and the Junior Fed Cup competitions. Playing as the Canadian No. 1, Robillard-Millette won three of her five singles rubbers and two of the three doubles rubbers she contested as Canada took the bronze medal.

On the ITF Pro Circuit, Robillard-Millette has reached three quarterfinals in various tournaments across Canada ranging from $25,000 events to $50,000 events, and has reached a doubles semifinal partnering compatriot Marie-Alexandre Leduc.

If the Canadian performs to the best of her abilities, she could cause problems for the rest of the competition.