The biggest-ever edition of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour concluded last week with the celebration of the season-ending Junior Masters in Reggio Calabria, Italy. The elite competition brought together the top players after a record-breaking year that saw a total of 372 tournaments held across 46 of Tennis Europe’s 50 member nations.
The year-end rankings have now been released, with many of the Masters participants making significant moves after the final event. Joining the likes of Novak Djokovic, Martina Hingis and Justine Henin in ending the season in the top spot, are the 2018 #1s:
Girls 14 & Under: Linda Noskova (CZE)
Boys 14 & Under: Mili Poljicak (CRO)
Girls 16 & Under: Antonia Ruzic (CRO)
Boys 16 & Under: Petr Nesterov (BUL)
A look at the Top 20 of all age categories reveals some interesting statistics:
- 27 different nations are represented
- 3 players from non-European countries ended the year in the Top 20
- 13 Czech players appear in total, the most of any nation
- 9 players are from Russia
- 8 are from Serbia
- 7 are from Ukraine
- 6 are from Poland
- 5 are from France
- 4 are from Croatia (including two #1s) and Latvia
A total of 81 nationalities across the globe are reflected in the 4,997 players to appear in the rankings. International representation is extremely diverse, with players from countries as far afield as the United States, the Dominican Republic, Mauritius, South Korea, Botswana and Argentina represented.
Some intercontinental players even managed to crack the Top 20, headed by Alexandra Eala (PHI), Chloe Tsang (AUS) and He Ziheng (CHN). Owner of an incredible 88-10 win/loss record since her European debut and winner of four Category 1 titles this season, Eala is perched at #6 on the girls’ 14 & Under year-end ranking. Tang comes in at #14 on the girls’ 16 & Under ranking, while Ziheng sits at number 13 on the boys’ 14 & Under list.
Tennis Europe Chief Executive Officer Thomas Hammerl commented, “We’d like to congratulate each and every player that took part in the Tennis Europe Junior Tour this year. Every player has a different goal, but for many our circuits represent the first step on the path to one day becoming a professional and competing on ATP/WTA Tours and at the Grand Slams. The Tour continues to grow and 2019 will be no exception, with a host of new features, tournaments, and learning tools for player development coming soon.”
The season-ending rankings take into account exclusively performances at Tennis Europe Junior Tour events throughout the year. The overall junior rankings also include points earned at ITF Junior and Pro Circuit tournaments. To see the complete year-end rankings from every edition of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour since its launch in 1990, click here.
2018 Final Rankings
Boys 14 & Under | Boys 16 & Under | Girls 14 & Under | Girls 16 & Under