Juniors set to star in Paris
A seven-strong troup of Australian juniors will take to the courts this week in Paris for the girls' and boys' singles events at Roland Garros.
A seven-strong troup of Australian juniors will take to the courts this week in Paris for the girls’ and boys’ singles events at Roland Garros.
Five Aussie girls feature in the 64-player main draw, with Priscilla Hon having reached the draw by way of qualifying.
Four others – Olivia Tjandramulia, Naiktha Bains, Seone Mendez and Sara Tomic – are also set to contest the first round.
All have avoided seeds at the first hurdle, but the going gets tough early for Tjandramulia, who faces a likely second-round stoush against No.1 seed Marketa Vondrousova should she progress.
In the boys’ draw, Marc Polmans and Dake Delaney are the Aussie representatives; Delaney is a qualifier.
Polmans has been dealt a tough hand, drawing No.8 seed Yunseong Chung of Korea first up.
Australia has not had a champion in the junior singles events at Roland Garros since Phil Dent and Lesley Hunt won the boys’ and girls’ titles in 1968.
The green-and-gold has been strong in doubles however; Nick Kyrgios and Andrew Harris combined to win the 2012 boys’ doubles trophy, the same year that Daria Gavrilova claimed the girls’ crown alongside Irina Khromacheva.