Photo: Giorgio MaiozziThe contract extension is signed in Prostejov
The ITF has announced that, following another successful year, the TK PLUS Centre in Prostejov, Czech Republic will remain the venue for the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals for 2015 and 2016.
World Junior Tennis is the ITF’s official team competition for players aged 14-and-under. Launched in 1991, the competition has grown from 12 nations to around 100 nations each year, competing in a series of regional qualifying events to become one of 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ teams at the Finals.
Many of the world’s leading players have represented their country in the competition, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Agnieszka Radwanska and Eugenie Bouchard.
The ITF World Junior Tennis Finals have been held in Prostejov for each of the last 16 years. Prior to that, they were held in Japan.
The 2014 Finals, held at the start of August, saw Germany capture their second boys’ title with victory over Canada in the final. Russia claimed their fifth girls’ title after defeating Ukraine in the final.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the Czech Tennis Association and TK Prostejov for a further two years” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “The club has successfully hosted the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals for the last 16 years, and continues to provide a fitting setting for one of the most prestigious events in the ITF’s junior calendar.”
“At the beginning I have never thought it could happen,” said Miroslav Cernosek, managing director of TK PLUS. “Today we are marketing company that works with The International Tennis Federation for more than sixteen years. It is a great honour for all of us that we extended the contract for next two years.”