11 Jan 2018

2018 Junior Masters entries announced

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Photo: Mathilde DusolJef Vandorpe (BEL)

Current world No. 1 players Jef Vandorpe of Belgium and Antonella Pralong of Argentina, head the  boys’ and girls’ entries for the 2018 Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters in Tarbes, France on 25-28 January.

Eight of the top ranked junior boys and four of the top ranked junior girls will contest the prestigious event, which takes place alongside the last four days of the Les Petits As tournament.

With entries based on the Cruyff Foundation Junior Ranking dated 30 October 2017, seven players in the boys’ event and three players in the girls’ event have qualified directly by ranking, with one wild card awarded for both events.

Only players born on or after 1 January 2000 are eligible to compete in 2018.

Players from seven different countries will contest the boys' singles and doubles in Tarbes, with South Africa represented by current world No. 4 Alwande Sikhosana as well as wild card Mpho Mhlongo.

Players from four different countries will contest the girls' singles and doubles. They include Switzerland's Nalani Buob, the reigning girls' singles champion, who edged out Pralong in last year's final before Pralong went on to become the first Argentinian player to gain the year-end No.1 junior girls' ranking.

The tournament will be preceded by a three-day high performance training camp, ensuring athletes are well prepared for the event.

Boys Girls
Jef Vandorpe (BEL) Antonella Pralong (ARG)
Conner Stroud (USA) Nalani Buob (SUI)
Jucelio da Silva Torquato (BRA) Fleur Gobes (NED)
Alwande Sikhosana (RSA) Shiori Funamizu (JPN) (WC)
Ruairi Logan (GBR)  
Sergei Lysov (RUS)  
Niels Vink (NED)  
Mpho Mhlongo (RSA) (WC)