Tennis Europe Junior Tour

Four titles and counting for Marcinko, Schwarc

Four titles and counting for Marcinko, Schwarc

With the top 14 & Under players on team duty last week for the Summer Cups, the Tennis Europe Junior Tour was back in full swing this week with many tournaments taking place across the continent, from Armenia to Scotland, and Malta to Lithuania. The week’s sole Category 1 event was the 14&U Open du Stade Français in Paris. This prestigious tournament which boasts Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gaël Monfils and Simona Halep as past players, has crowned two new champions in the form of Lennon Roark Jones (JPN) and Petra Marcinko (CRO), who has won her fourth singles event of the year. Meanwhile, Peter Schwarc, unbeaten in finals in 2019, also claimed his fourth trophy, blitzing the field at Jufa 2019 in Furstenfeld, Austria.

Category 1

14&U | Open du Stade Français | Marnes La Coquette (FRA)

Petra Marcinko’s fabulous run of form has continued well into summer with a dominating performance. Having now won her fourth title, and a second Category 1 event from seven finals in 2019, the Croatian is set to rise even further when the rankings are updated on Tuesday. As the top seed, she sprinted to the semi-finals with successive straight sets wins in her first four matches. She was tested in the semis, being taken to task in the first set against Salakthip Ounmuang of Thailand, winning it 7-5. From thereon in, however, she was untouchable. She won the next set 6-1, and in the final was on top form from start to finish, denying her opponent, Jermine Sherif of Egypt, a single game in a fast paced morning match. 

Lennon Roark Jones, a Japanese Wild Card entrant stunned everyone, leaving a trail of victims in his wake as he sailed through the draw. Top seed Alexander Blockx (BEL) was taken out by Jakub Mensik (CZE) in the quarterfinals, who was in turn seen off by fourth seed Loan Lestir. The local player was perhaps the slight favourite going in, but Jones could not be counted out as he had dispatched of German third seed Marc Majdandzic in the semi-final and had also beaten second seed Grigory Shebekin (RUS) in the first round. In the final, the upsets continued as Jones held off Lestir for a 7-5 6-4 win.

A tournament which has seen so many of today’s top players grace its courts is still an alluring event for overseas players. Celebrating thirty years, it attracted a large COSAT contingent as well as players from Africa and Asia, with 4 out of the eight quarterfinalists in both the boys’ and girls’ draws hailing from outside Europe. 

Boys’ doubles winners: Miguel Larrea Sicco (ECU) & Juan Carlos Prado Angelo (BOL)
Girls’ doubles winners: Diana Lemanova (RUS) & Anna Sedysheva (RUS)

Category 2

16&U | Dema Cup | Sofia (BUL)

Third seed Adriano Dzhenev (BUL) and sixth seed Yanaki Milev (BUL) met in the final having taken out the first and second seeds respectively in the semi-finals. The final went the way of the lower seeded player who claimed his first tournament of the year with a 6-4 6-3 win. There was to be some consolation for Milev, as he teamed with his semi-final victim  Dinko Dinev to win the doubles title, giving Milev his second doubles trophy of 2019 and Dinev his first. Mihaela Tsoneva (BUL) beat Mara Gae (ROU) 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the girls’ singles final, claiming her second title of the season. 

Boys’ doubles winners: Dinko Dinev (BUL) & Yanaki Milev (BUL)
Girls’ doubles winners: Maria Taneva (BUL) & Mihaela Tsoneva (BUL)

14&U | Jufa 2019 | Fürstenfeld (AUT)

Top seed David Schwarc (SVK) took out fifth seeded Austrian Sébastian Sorger 6-2 6-4 to make it four titles from four finals in 2019. The girls’ top seed Malwina Rowinska (POL) battled past second seed Sara Bejlek (CZE) 6-2 4-6 7-6(5) for a fantastic win, finally clinching her first champion’s trophy of the year after having been pipped at the post in her four previous finals. There was also to be some consolation for Beljek, who bounced back to take the doubles title. 

Boys’ doubles winners: Max Batyutenko (KAZ) & Daniel Khazime (RUS) 
Girls’ doubles winners: Sara Beljek (CZE) & Viktoria Lackova (SVK)

There was also a 12&U event played at Fürstenfeld - For full results from here as well as other events from Week 28, click here.
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