Photo: Susan MullaneFilip Peliwo (CAN)
Filip Peliwo is only the second Canadian after Daniel Nestor to be named ITF World Champion in any category after securing the year-end No. 1 junior boys ranking. The 18-year-old became the first player since Mark Kratzmann in 1984 to reach all four junior Slam finals in a calendar year. He lost his first two finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, before winning Wimbledon and the US Open.
Peliwo said: “This is such a great achievement and a huge honour to be recognised by the ITF for this award. I exceeded even my own expectations this past year and to have the year-end No. 1 ranking is something really special that I am proud of. It also motivates me and the team around me as I move forward into this next stage of my career. I have a long road ahead of me to transition into the professional ranks but I know from my success this year that if I put in the work and compete my hardest, I can accomplish my goals."
Taylor Townsend is the first American girl since Gretchen Rush in 1982 to be named Junior World Champion. The 16-year-old captured her first major singles title at the Australian Open, and narrowly failed to achieve the Grand Slam in doubles, winning three titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. She also led her country to victory in the finals of the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
Townsend said: “It’s a great honor. I mean, there’s so much that goes into the title World Champion, and I’m honoured and blessed that they would even crown me that.”