08 Sep 2017

Success of ITF/GSDF 14 & Under Teams in Europe

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14&U teams to Europe

Following on from the 3 day Training Camp at the Stade Francais in Paris, Brazilian player Pedro Días of the ITF/COSAT team got off to a great start in the first of five tournaments, also in Paris. Días made it into the finals after a tough 64 06 61 win in the semi finals but was then beaten 76(5) 76(5) by Kudriashov of Russia. In the boys’ doubles in Paris, it was once again the ITF/COSAT players who shone through; Peruvian Rodrigo Montes de Oca Murillo fought hard with his teammate and doubles partner, Ecuadorian Alvaro Guillen Meza, to then win the boys’ doubles finals, beating the French pairing 63 26 [10-5].

These ITF/COSAT boys didn’t fail to impress in the second tournament, the Windmill Cup in Velp, Netherlands. This time it was Días vs Guillen Meza in the finals, with Días coming out on top in a competitive match ending in a score of 67(2) 76(1) 62. Not only did Días win the boys’ singles in Velp, he was also victorious in the boys’ doubles with his ITF/COSAT teammate Francisco Lamas Villarroel (VEN), both of them bringing the match to a close with a score of 75 62.

Players from the ITF/GSDF teams were once again present in all the finals of the third tournament of the tour, the Balle Mimosa Loire-Atlantique in Nantes, France. This time it was Nishant Dabas (IND) on the ITF/ATF team who made it to the boys’ singles finals and put up a strong fight before losing to Kudriashov. In the boys’ doubles, Máximo Lucentini (ARG) from the ITF/COSAT team defeated Guillen Meza and Montes de Oca with his partner with a score of 16 76(9) [10-3]The girls had an equally fantastic experience,with ITF/ATF Yeon Woo Ku from Korea taking over the first tournament in Paris, winning with a score of 76(7) 76(5). It was again a brilliant performance from ITF/ATF girls Priska Nugroho (INA) and Alexandra Eala (PHI) who stormed the girls’ doubles finals, winning 62 64.

These two ITF/ATF girls continued their success into the second and third tournaments in Velp and Nantes, with Nugroho winning the girls’ singles in Velp and the two of them proving their strong partnership again with a final winning score of 75 61 in the girls’ doubles and then a third win in the girls’ doubles in the Nantes tournament. Yeon Woo Ku took home the girls’ singles winner’s title from Nantes beating ITF/CAT player Hania Abouelsaad 62 61.

Only 7 girls and 11 boys out of the 28 ITF/ATF, ITF/CAT and ITF/COSAT players competed in the fifth tournament in Hasselt, Belgium, the remaining 17 players instead going to the World Junior Tennis finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic. They were joined by this year’s ITF/Tennis Europe Grand Slam team for another successful summer tour in Germany and Belgium.

The players and coaches met in Duren, Germany on July 29 where they had a short time to train and get to know each other before continuing to the first tournament of this summer’s tour in Duren. In the singles event, after losing in the first round of the main draw to the eventual quarter finalist, Danilo Raicevic (MNE) won the consolation event against the ITF/ATF team member Divesh Gahlot (IND) 46 60 61. In the girls doubles event Patricija Paukstyte and Klaudija Bubelyte reached the quarterfinal where they lost to the Korean Team BoYoung Jeong and Yeon Woo Ku 63 60. The unbeatable duo Eala and Nugroho did not disappoint in Duren, going on to win 62 75. The teams showed high professionalism and put in maximum effort to achieve their goals and get ready for the next week in Hasselt, Belgium.

In the singles event in Hasselt, Belgium, the boys put on a great performance. On the ITF/Tennis Europe team, after beating his teammate Tsotne Dzimistarishvili 75 57 75 in the quarterfinals, Danilo Raicevic faced Joel Pierleoni (GBR) in the semifinals and lost 61 46 62. It was ITF/COSAT’s Francisco Lamas Villarroel (VEN) who then took Pierloni out with a winning game ending 62 64. Meanwhile, ITF/Tennis Europe’s Photos Photiades and Aleksa Krivokapic reached the third round and in the girls’ event Arina Gamretkaia reached the quarterfinals where she lost to the Canadian Darija Tomashevskaya 64 62. In the girls’ doubles Arina Gamretkaia and Milena Gevorgyan showed great skill and reached the finals where they faced the last four tournament winners Eala and Nugroho and put up a great fight but were still unable to beat the invincible ITF/ATF girls.

The end of Hasselt meant the end of the tour for the ITF/ATF, ITF/CAT and ITF/COSAT teams, however ITF/Tennis Europe went on for their third week in Renningen/Rutesheim, Germany participating at the Jugend Cup. Danilo Raicevic showed great improvement and reached the singles’ finals where in a long fight won against the German, Max Hans Rehberg 75 46 63 while Photos Photiades reached the quarterfinals and lost to the Russian, Robert Korelov 63 61. In the girls’ singles again Arina Gamretskaia reached the quarterfinals, faced Italian Chiara Fornasieri and lost 62 63. Aleksa Krivokapic, Patricija Paukstyte and Milena Gevorgyan reached the third round. In the doubles’ events Arina Gamretkaia and Milena Gevorgyan again showed that they were one of the best doubles of the tour and reached the finals but unfortunately lost to the German/Russian Team Mia Mack and Erika Andreeva 64 64. Danilo Raicevic and Tsotne Dzimistarishvili reached the semifinals and lost to the Italians Gabriele Datei and Enrico Lanza Cariccio 63 46 [10-4].

The ITF/Tennis Europe tour finished with the BMW Junior Cup in Regensburg, Germany where the players had some remarkable results. Jana Stojanova in the 12&U age group showed great level in both singles and doubles and played both finals; in the singles event after a long and dramatic match she lost to Cara Maria Mester (ROU) 62 57 62 while in the doubles event she won the title with her doubles partner Leticia Tarocco (CRO) against Lola Radivojevic (SRB) and Arina Arifullina (RUS) 64 62. The other players also had some great results. In the boys’ 16&U singles Photos Photiades reached the quarterfinals and lost to the German Sven Thiergard 67(4) 63 62 while Aleksa Krivokapic, Danilo Raicevic and Tsotne Dzimistarishvili reached the third round. In the girls’ 16&U category, again Arina Gamretkaia reached the quarterfinals and lost to Russian Anastasia Sizova 76(1) 62 while Milena Gevorgyan, Patricija Paukstyte and Klaudija Bubelyte reached the third round. In the doubles 16&U, the boys had their highlight when Aleksa Krivokapic, partnered with Marino Jakic (CRO), lost in the final against German Benedict Kurz and Nicolas Turtl 60 60, while the girls Patricija Paukstyte/Klaudija Bubelyte and Arina Gamretkaia/Milena Gevorgyan reached the semis and lost to Nicole Palecek (CZE)/Anastasia Sizova (RUS) 16 62 [10-7] and Denise Hrdinkova/Nelly Knezkova (CZE) 57 64 [10-5].

ITF/Tennis Europe team coaches Goran Shevchenko and Darija Deskovic Miskovic concluded that it had been a very successful summer for this year’s team. The trip benefits the players in proper diet, improving their game and fitness but also giving the possibility to have a chance to compete against the best players of Europe and the other continents. The tour provided a great opportunity for all the players who will be able to use this experience for their future development.

The junior touring teams are part of the ITF development programme, which is financed by the ITF and the Grand Slam Development Fund. The teams comprise the best players in the under 14 age category and are selected through regional qualifying tournaments. 

To access the draw sheets from the various tournaments, please follow this link:  http://te.tournamentsoftware.com/tournamentlists.aspx