Aussie juniors set for Wimbledon
A collective nine Australians are in the boys' and girls' singles draws at Wimbledon, and will bid to keep the nation's tradition of junior success alive.
A collective nine Australians are in the boys’ and girls’ singles draws at Wimbledon, and will bid to keep the nation’s tradition of junior success alive.
Six Aussies feature in the girls’ draw, including Destanee Aiava after the promising 14-year-old came through qualifying.
She joins Naiktha Bains, Olivia Tjandramulia, Seone Mendez, Kimberly Birrell and Maddison Inglis in the 64-player field.
Bains and Mendez have drawn arguably some of the toughest opponets; Bains faces Canadian seventh seed Charlotte Robillard-Millett while Mendez tackles Brit Katie Swan, the No.5 seed who earlier this year reached the Australian Open junior final.
Flying the Aussie flag in the boys’ event are Jake Delaney, Marc Polmans and qualifier Alex De Minaur.
All three face unseeded opposition to kick off their Wimbledon campaigns.
Australia has enjoyed plenty of recent success in the Wimbledon junior events; Luke Saville and Ash Barty claimed the boys’ and girls’ titles in 2011, while Saville returned to the final in 2012; Ben Mitchell also made the boys’ final, in 2010.
Nick Kyrgios won the boys’ doubles title twice – in 2012 with Andrew Harris, and 2013 with Thanasi Kokkinakis.