By Editorial Team
The French Open Junior rounds started today with many notables in action such as Mathys Erhard, Andrew Fenty and Cori Gauff. The field seemed a little light this year with Hailey Baptiste and Tyra Black withdrawing from competition due to not making the main draw cutoff. However, those who did play represent in strong fashion. Cori was able to blow past Stefania Rogozinska Dzik 6-3, 6-0 today will little opposition.
Cori advances to play Sada Nahimana in the second round and if she passes this test she goes up against the second seed Xinyu Wang out of China. Cori has the game and is fit enough to go deep into the draw. Just last week she was able to qualify and reach the R16 main draw in her first Pro ITF event in Florida before losing to Katerina Stewart. Expect to see great things from this 14 year old phenom in the near future.
Within the boys bracket, Mathys of France gave it his best, but was not able to move past the first round after winning the first set against the number one seed Sebastian Baez in a tie breaker. The quality of play started to rise later in the match which caused Mathys to implode in the third set. At the young of 16, Mathys should be able to elevate through the ranks as his game develops under the French Tennis Federation.
On the winning side, Andrew Fenty was able to pull together a good first round win against Admir Kalender 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. Andrew faces Ray Ho in the second round as the draw opens up with the 5th seed, Gaston of France, losing in the first round today.
Andrew has a very mature and steady game at age 18 and is sure to continue to use his big service game to extend his reach in this year’s major grand slams and college tennis at the University of Michigan.
All of the junior action can be viewed on Tennis Channel Plus each day as players work their way through the draw in an attempt to make history as French Open Junior Champion.
CoCo Gauff turns pro after winning 2018 Orange Bowl title
By Editorial Team
CoCo Gauff was able to dominate the field in her home state of Florida this weekend with a statement win over Diane Parry 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the final round where she had to overcome a third set deficit against 2nd seeded Qinwen Zheng of China to eventually prevail 6-4 in the third and final set.
When asked how she was able to manage her emotions during the match, CoCo responded, “My dad told me at the beginning of the tournament, ‘This is probably your last junior tournament, so play how you want to be remembered,’” Gauff said. “And that’s how I was thinking. People mostly know me to always fight, and even when I was down, I was like, ‘That’s how I want to be remembered,’ at least in junior tennis, and see what the next chapter has for me.”
In addition to winning the 2018 Orange Bowl, CoCo committed to playing a full season of professional tennis beginning in 2019. She will bypass all junior grand slams and primarily play the World Tour Tennis 25 series of tournaments in effort to boost her current top 700 ranking in order to qualify for larger professional grand slam tournaments.
Her goal is to reach the top 200 by the end of 2019. With the hard work and focus that she has exhibited over the last several months, CoCo is sure to gain her footing in the pro ranks and make a huge impact on the WTA Tour at the young age of 14. Coco is definitely the future of American tennis.
Gauff, Black capture doubles title in Yucatan HSBC Junior Open
By Editorial Team
Cori “CoCo” Gauff and Hurricane Tyra Black teamed up as an unlikely pairing for the red clay Yucatan HSBC Junior Open in Mexico this week after Tyra won the Copa Mundial Campeche doubles title last week with Turkish partner Selin Ovunc. Their road to the final was very comfortable as the #1 seeded team, defeating fellow young Americans, Savannah Broadus and Kylie Collins, in the semifinals 6-4, 6-2. However, Giulia Morlet (France) and Adrienn Nagy (Hungary) were up for the challenge as they were able to narrowly escape their first round match against the #4 seed 11-9 and also overcame the 2nd seed in the semifinals 10-8 both in deciding tiebreakers.
The final was destined to come down to the wire for the newly paired American team. While able to overcome nerves in the second set, CoCo (2018 US Open Junior doubles title holder) was able to lead the team to a title victory 7-6, 4-6, 10-7. CoCo and Tyra could team up again in future events like the Orange Bowl. With Coco’s raw determination and Tyra’s speed and quick reflexes at the net, this doubles team is in position to win a junior grand slam title.
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