Aussie juniors ready for action
Alex De Minaur, Jaimee Fourlis, Blake Ellis, Jeanette Lin and Alexei Popyrin will represent Australia in the Wimbledon junior championships, beginning Saturday.
A five-strong contingent of Australian juniors will embark on their Wimbledon campaigns at the All England Club on Saturday.
Three boys – Alex De Minaur, Blake Ellis and Alexei Popyrin – feature in the boys’ singles draw, with De Minaur heading the charge as the No.7 seed.
Last year, the then 16-year-old De Minaur, based in Spain, charged through to the US Open junior singles semifinals.
Arriving at Wimbledon fresh off a semifinal finish at the junior grasscourt event in Roehampton, De Minaur opens against Estonia’s Kenneth Raisma.
Ellis and Popyrin both fell in the first round at Roehampton, yet they’ve drawn winnable first-round matches against fellow unseeded players at Wimbledon.
Ellis begins against Hong Kong’s Anthony Jackie Tang while Popyrin faces Taiwan’s Tung-Lin Wu.
In the girls’ draw, Jaimee Fourlis will look to continue her stellar season when she takes on Brit Lauryn John-Baptiste.
The 16-year-old Fourlis – who won her first ITF pro tournament earlier in 2016 and now ranks inside the WTA top 500 – reached the third round in Roehampton and also won three matches to qualify for the main draw of the $50,000 ITF event in Ilkley.
She’s joined in the draw by fellow Aussie Jeanette Lin, who begins against Russia’s Varvara Gracheva.
Lin and Fourlis were also part of the winning Australian team at the recent LTA Grand Slam Nations Challenge, held on grass at Eastbourne.