11 Dec 2017

Success for ITF/GSDF Team to Orange Bowl 2017

News Article

Sada Nahimana (BDI)

The 2017 ITF/GSDF Team to the Orange Bowl celebrated a successful tour of Mexico and the USA through November and December, with some strong results to match.

The team, which competed in two Grade 1 tournaments and two Grade A tournament in Mexico and the USA, was comprised of four boys; Seon Yong Han (KOR), Daniel Michalski (POL), Stefan Palosi (ROU) and Philip Henning (RSA) and four girls; Sada Nahimana (BDI), Diae El Jardi (MAR), Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) and Thasaporn Naklo (THA).

Palosi, Nahimana and Diae El Jardi – the latter two who are attendees at the ITF/CAT High Performance Centre in Morocco – set a high standard for the ITF/GSDF Team to Orange Bowl.

They each showed impressive results to reach the quarterfinals of the boys’ and girls’ singles events in Mexico at the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano, where they were denied places in the semifinals by some of the top-seeded players in each event.

Palosi and Michalski reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ doubles event, losing out to the eventual runners-up from the USA, whilst Nahimana was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the girls’ doubles event by the ninth seeds from the USA.

At the XXXI Yucatan Cup, Nahimana demonstrated her prowess by reaching the semifinals of the girls’ singles event where she faced tough competition from the eventual tournament winner.

Palosi proved himself again by reaching the quarterfinals of the boys’ singles, where he fell to the second seed from the USA.

El Jardi, meanwhile, reached the quarterfinals, falling to the seventh seed.

ln the boys’ doubles, Palosi and Michalski won the tournament after seeing off their opponents in a tie-break. El Jardi and Naklo made it through to the quarterfinals of the girls’ event with their non-ITF/GSDF partners, while Nahimana reached the semifinals with hers.  

Once in the USA at the Eddie Herr junior event, the team’s best results in the singles events came from Palosi who narrowly missed out on a place in the finals of the boys’ singles after losing to the eventual winner in the last four. In the girls’ doubles event Nahimana made it through to the quarterfinals with her non-ITF/GSDF partner, but it was Naklo (THA) who made the team proud by finishing runner-up together with former ITF/GSDF Team Member, Naho Sato of Japan.

During the last week of the tour at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, Michalski once again did the ITF Team proud by reaching the semifinals of the boys’ singles event, while Sada Nahimana and Anastasia Iamachkine from Peru reached the quarterfinals of the girls’ doubles.

The ITF would like to thank both of the National Associations involved in organising the tournaments during the tour and for offering such great hospitality to the players while there.

The team, travelling with coaches Kieron Vorster and Petra Russeger, is financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF) which provides players with the opportunity to take part in top level international competition as well as gain invaluable experience of travelling abroad as part of a team under the guidance of an ITF coach.