Photo: Reg CaldecottMariska Venter (RSA)
The locations of the Junior Grade A tournaments have been announced for 2014. Nine tournaments will host Junior Grade A events throughout the year.
These events offer more points than other Junior tournaments, helping to provide an unique opportunity to gain more Junior ranking points and giving opportunity for the top Juniors within a region to compete together.
The tournaments that have been selected for Junior Grade A events in 2014 are as follows:
Cajun Classic: Baton Rouge, USA, 19-23 March
Turkish Open: Antalya, TUR, 24-27 March
Argentina Open: Buenos Aires, ARG, 3-6 April
Airports Company South Africa Open: Johannesburg, RSA, 28 June-1 July
Flanders 25: Lebbeke, BEL, 20-23 Aug
PTR Hilton Head Championships: HHI, USA, 11-14 Sept
Open de la Baie Somme: Rue, FRA, 2-5 Oct
Copa Guga Kuerten: Florianopolis, BRA, 9-12 Oct
ACSA Strand Open: Strand, RSA, 6-9 Oct
Sixteen-year-old Alfie Hewett of Great Britain and 17-year-old Mariska Venter of South Africa earned the 2013 year-end No. 1 boys’ singles and girls’ singles players in the Cruyff Foundation International Wheelchair Tennis Junior Ranking.
Hewett remained at No. 1 in the boys’ ranking throughout 2013 after first taking the top spot in the first week of January 2013. Later in the month he went on to retain his boys’ singles and doubles titles at the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France.
Hewett went on to win five ITF 3 Series men’s singles titles in 2013 and reached his first ITF 2 Series singles final at the North East Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Sunderland, Great Britain.
He also helped Great Britain to win the junior event at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which was also supported by the Cruyff Foundation.
Venter was one of four different players from four different countries to have occupied the No. 1 position in the girls’ ranking in 2013 and claimed the year-end No. 1 ranking after reaching the women’s singles final at the ASCA Strand Open in the first week of December, her last tournament of the season.
She also reached the junior singles final at the Strand Open and earlier in the season and won the junior girls’ singles at the ACSA Eastern Cape Open in Port Elizabeth.
Venter’s performance at the Strand Open ensured she finished 2013 at the top of the girls’ ranking by a mere 10 points from Great Britain’s Lauren Jones, who was No. 1 for the first time in the first week of January.
Both Hewett and Venter will contest the 2014 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, from 23-26 January.