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Tennis Europe Junior Tour Round-Up

Tennis Europe Junior Tour Round-Up


16&U | Sanchez Casal Youth Cup | Barcelona, Spain

Sebastianna Scilipoti from Switzerland and Qualifier Tim Thomas Guantlett of Hong Kong have taken the titles at the Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona. Both players scored straight sets wins in the finals in a tournament dedicated to the memory of former academy alumnus Dani Usón (pictured).

Scilipoti appears to be going from strength to strength this year, having now claimed her first Category 1 event after two previous Category 3 victories. She nabbed the title with a resounding 6-2 6-1 win over fourth seeded Lucija Ciric Bagaric (CRO) in the final. Gauntlett, for his part, saw off second seed Vladimir Popov, sixth seed Niccolo Dessi (ITA) and fourth seed Jakub Prachar (CZE) on route to his 6-2 6-2 dismissal of eighth seed Vilius Gaubas (LTU) in the decider.

Highlighting what was an especially international field, the girls’ doubles title went to top seeds Kateryna Lazarenko (UKR) & Ada Piestrzynska (POL). They pipped Bagaric & Xenia Lipiec (POL) in the final, claiming the trophy with a 4-6 6-2 11-9 comeback win. The Greek pairing of Evangelos Kypriotis & Basilis Voltirakis won the boys’ doubles in a one-sided 6-3 6-2 final over Gaubas & Ivo Isqueiro (POR).

14&U | Bohemia Cafex Cup | Rakovnik, Czech Republic

Rodrigo Pacheco Mendez (MEX) has won his first Tennis Europe Junior Tour title of the year to claim the coveted Rakovnik title. It was a case of third time lucky for Nikola Bartunkova (CZE), who had the added bonus of playing on home soil. The Prague native, who twice this year has been held at bay in a final, finally made her breakthrough in Rakovnik.

Top seed Georg Eduard Israelan (GER) was hoping to score title number two in 2019. After coming through two tough matches before the final, things were looking good for the German as he held a lead in the decider. However, it was not to be. Mendez, who had earlier taken out Les Petits As champ Vojtek Petr in the quarters, scored a come-from-behind win to topple Israelan 3-6 7-6(2) 6-0 in the final.

Going into the girls’ final, Bartunkova was to face Petra Marcinko (CRO), who was playing her fifth final of the year, having notched two wins already in 2019. Both Bartunkova and Marcinko looked strong and had scored important wins over [5] Stella Remander (FIN) and [3] Daria Yesypchuk (UKR) respectively in their semis. Both players fought tooth and nail in a final which was every bit as close as all pundits had expected it to be. Eventually, Bartunkova took it 4-6 6-2 7-5.

Honours in the boys’ doubles went to Tikhon Fedorov (BLR) & Oleksandr Ponomar (UKR), while the Czech team of Lucie Havlickova & Katrin Pavkova lifted the girls’ doubles trophy.


16&U + 14&U | Grawe Open | Maribor, Slovenia


Having twice been a doubles champion already this year and having reached the singles final in Bergen, Norway, Slovenia’s Sebastian Dominko scored his first singles title of the year, defeating Peter Nad (SVK) who was also gunning for his first singles title of 2019. Karolina Kozakova (SUI) upset second seed Malwina Rowinska (POL), to claim her first title this year. In the doubles, Nad won the trophy with his compatriot Matej Palco, while the girls’ title went to Petja Drame & Annika Planisek (SLO).


A finalist in Zagreb recently, Matic Kriznik (SLO) won the boys’ title while Amelia Waligora (BEL) managed to win the girls’ trophy,  having been a doubles finalist here last year. Both players scored the dual singles-doubles wins, partnering Tim Kuster (SLO) and Flo Helsen (BEL) respectively.

14&U | Torneo U14 | Pavia, Italy

Local players swept all but one of the events at this year’s tournament. Federica Urgesi beat Benedetta Sensi in the singles final the day after having played together to take the doubles. Matteo Ceradelli & Alessandro Vertsteegh were the boys’ doubles champions, while Loan Lestir was the only foreigner to step on to the winner’s podium in Pavia. The French player has now claimed his third title of the year, adding this singles title to his previous wins in Rotterdam and Azores.

14&U | Opalenica Cup | Opalenica, Poland

Local players dominated in the girls’ events, with second seed Weronika Ewald winning her third tournament of 2019. Daria Gorska & Kamila Poplawska won the girls’ doubles crown, while Czech pair Petr Brunclik & Petr Panacek were the boys’ doubles champions. Swiss second seed Kilian Feldbausch won his first singles title of the year, but his third winner’s trophy, having won the doubles in Dijon (16&U) and Maia.


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