The stars of tomorrow take centre stage at Roland Garros on Sunday when the junior competitions get under way. Many of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour’s top performers of the past couple of years will be showcasing their talent as they continue their transition through the junior circuits.
Ones to Watch…
Still just 15, the 2017 Junior Masters winner Diana Shnaider (RUS), has qualified for the juniors draw and is joined by several other Russians, one of whom is Oksana Selekhmeteva, the 2017 14&U European Junior Championships silver medallist.
Carole Monnet (FRA), a former 16&U Junior Masters Champion, is joined in the bottom half of the draw by Kamilla Bartone (LAT), the reigning 16&U European Junior Championships winner. Daria Snigur (UKR), the Properties Cup Champion 2016 is joined by one of the youngest players in the draw in the form of Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE), the current Les Petits As Champion and last year’s 14&U European Junior Championships doubles Champion.
Another player to watch is Elizabeth Mandlik (USA), daughter of Czech Grand Slam Champion Hana Mandlikova, the number 14 seed. She might have a third-round encounter against Lyubov Kostenko (UKR), a prominent winner on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour over the past couple of seasons.
Second seed Diane Parry of France (pictured) is already used to success on the courts of Roland Garros, having earlier this week become the youngest girl in a decade to win a main draw match.
Reigning Australian Open champion Lorenzo Musetti (ITA), is seeded #1 in the boys’ draw, ahead of rival Jonas Forejtek (CZE). His countryman, Dalibor Svrcina is in the top half of the draw with Musetti. Should their seeds hold, the two players may meet in the semi finals in what would be a replay of their 2016 14&U European Junior Championships final, which went the way of the Czech.
Arthur Cazaux (FRA) and Harold Mayot (FRA) are two players hoping to do well in front of their home crowd.
The reigning European 16&U Champion Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (ESP) is unseeded but very much a danger for players in the bottom half of the draw. Having posted a great result at the ATP challenger event in Murcia in April, he will be a player to keep an eye on.
Holger Rune (DEN) 14&U European Junior Championships winner 2017 and Nini Gabriel Dica (ROU), the 2017 Junior Masters champion round out some of the players to watch in the junior boys’ draw.
Youngsters in the main draw
Meanwhile, in the main draw other youngsters have been making their own mark. American 17-year-old Amanda Animisova is through to the round of 16, as is Marketa Vondrousova. The Czech, a former European Junior Championships doubles winner and singles finalist, has been on a great run of form reaching the quarter finals in Rome last week, having defeated Strycova, Halep and Kasatkina before falling to the in-form Johanna Konta. On her way to the last 16 in Paris, she also beat another promising youngster in the form of Russian Anastasia Potapova, winner in Tarbes in 2015 and Junior Masters champion in 2014. Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the current Junior Wimbledon Champ and the 2015 European Junior Championships winner is also through to the last 16.
20-year-old Corentin Moutet has also made people notice him. The 16&U European Junior Championships winner in 2014 made it to the third round of his home Grand Slam. More established “NextGen” players including Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric and Stefanos Tsitsipas have also reaffirmed their potential at the top of the game by making it into the second week.
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