French Open juniors: Kyrgios leads Aussie contingent
Australia’s next generation of stars will test their games against the world’s best emerging talent when the French Open junior singles events kick off on Sunday.
Australia’s next generation of stars will have a chance to test their games against the world’s best emerging talent when the French Open junior singles events kick off on Sunday.
The green-and-gold will be represented by a six-strong group headed by Nick Kyrgios, the top seed in the boys’ singles event.
The 18-year-old from Canberra will look to reprise his winning feat in the men’s singles earlier this week – as a wildcard, he beat Radek Stepanek en route to the second round – when he takes on France’s Maxime Janvier.
Joining Kyrgios in the top half of the draw is Harry Bourchier, who takes on Peru’s Jorge Brian Panta in his opening match.
The winner of that battle is projected to meet No.3 seed Laslo Djere of Serbia.
In the bottom half, Omar Jasika faces one of the toughest tests in the draw – the 16-year-old has drawn second seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia.
The left-handed youngster will hope to build on the valuable experience accrued from a training stint with world No. 12 Janko Tipsarevic during the recent Monte Carlo Masters.
Fellow Aussies Bradley Mousley and Jay Andrijic have both drawn unseeded players.
Mousley faces Marcelo Zormann Da Silva of Brazil – with the victor likely to take on No.5 seed Kyle Edmund of Great Britain in the second round – while Andrijic will battle Korean Hyeon Chung.
In the girls’ event, Sara Tomic will take on Croatian Jana Fett in her first round match at Roland Garros.
It’s the first time she will be contesting a Grand Slam junior event outside Australia, and should the 15-year-old clear that opening hurdle, a projected second round battle with former world No.1 junior Taylor Townsend (the 11th seed) awaits.
Play in the boys’ and girls’ main draw singles events begins on Sunday at Roland Garros.