Photo: ITFDiede de Groot (NED) and Alfie Hewett (GBR)
Alfie Hewett of Great Britain and Diede de Groot of Netherlands retained their boys’ singles and girls’ singles titles on Sunday’s final day of the Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France.
Hewett and de Groot ended the tournament, which takes place in the last four days of the prestigious Les Petits As tournament for non-disabled junior players, with both singles and doubles titles after also winning the boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles finals with their respective partners on the penultimate day of play.
Hewett dropped just three points in the first four games of the final as he took a commanding 4-0 lead and despite dropping his serve in the fifth game he soon wrapped up the opening set.
Sixteen-year-old Hewett broke de La Puente’s serve twice en route to a 3-0 second set lead. However, with de la Puente having come back from 5-2 down to take Hewett to a third set when the two players met in the first of their round-robin group matches on the first day of the tournament, the Spaniard threatened to force a deciding set again as he levelled the second at 4-4.
But 16-year-old Hewett regrouped and went on to serve out the match comfortably to secure a 61 64 victory.
“I’m really happy to become the first Brit to win the title for the third time after a tough week and I’m delighted to make it a hat-trick of titles in the doubles, too,” said Hewett. “It’s a great tournament and always a pleasure to play here. I knew Martin would be a tough opponent after he took me to three sets in our round-robin match, so I just kept myself calm when he came back at me in the second set and I’m very proud to retain the title."
In the girls’ singles final 17-year-old de Groot dominated from the outset against Russia’s world No. 2 ranked junior player Viktoriia Lvova and completed a 60 61 victory.
De Groot, who arrived in Tarbes as the world No. 3 ranked junior girls’ player, won the singles title for the second time and ended the tournament having won all four of her matches throughout the round-robin group phase and the final in straight sets.
“I did not really know what to expect this week as there were two girls that were new to me and I have not seen Lisbeth play for a while," said De Groot. "I’ve also had a busy time with exams, so did not get to the training week before the tournament. But it all went good, so I am really happy.”
On Saturday’s third day of play in Tarbes de Groot had partnered South Africa’s Mariska Venter to win the girls’ doubles title after a 60 61 win over Lvova and Lisbeth Soto River of Mexico.
Hewett won his third boys’ doubles title with his third different partner after teaming up with Austria’s Nico Langmann to beat young Dutchman Carlos Anker and USA’s Chris Herman 61 63.