We are pleased that after a gap of two years It’s the time of the year once again when the GSPDP/ITF/ATF 14&U team is in Europe. The team has started its travel for five weeks of back to back Tennis Europe Junior tournaments held in France (3), Germany (1) and Belgium (1).
The team which arrived in Paris on the 30th of June underwent three days of training to get acclimatized with the weather conditions and the clay courts, which would be the surface of competition for the five week of forthcoming events.
The Asian team of 2022 comprises of six (6) Boys and six (6) Girls players and is accompanied by three coaches, who would be looking after their tournament schedules and managing the players in every way. The players on the team were handpicked for this trip as every year, on the merit of their performances in the Asia Oceania World Junior Tennis Competition Final Qualifying event held in New Delhi, India and Asian 14&U Rankings.
The Europe trip is an incentive for performing well in the Asia Oceania WJT Final Qualifying event and Asian 14&U Junior Circuit. The Asian 14&Under Europe trip is financed by the Grand Slam Player Development program (GSPDP) which has been supporting the YSA tour for many years now.
The 2022 Asian team travelling to Europe comprises of the following players and coaches:
The team’s journey has begun with their first tournament in Paris underway. The schedule of the players for the next five weeks to come:
- 01 – 03 July Training Camp, Paris (FRA)
- 04 – 10 July Open Stade Francais, Marnes La Coquette, (FRA)
- 11 – 17 July La Balle Mimosa Loire-Atlantique, La Baule-Escoublac, (FRA)
- 18 – 24 July Tournoi Loire Vallee, Blois, (FRA)
- 25 – 30 July International Deutsche Tennismeisterchaften U14, Dueren (GER)
- 01 – 07 Aug Young Championship Cup, Hasselt (BEL)
The strengths of the tour can be ascertained from the fact that the Asian players not only get to play the best players from Europe, they get to test their skills with their counterparts from the CAT (Confederation of African Tennis) and COSAT (Confederacion Sudamericana De Tenis). The teams from COSAT & CAT are also accompanying the Asian team, forming a huge contingent of three ITF GSPDP teams which takes on the best of European players on the tour.
The last week of the tour will see players participating in the World Junior Tennis Finals heading to Prostejov from Dueren (Germany), while the rest of the players of the team will proceed to Hasselt in Belgium, to wrap up the tour.
This year, 3 out of 9 Asian players would head for the Finals of the WJT event in Czech Republic, with Korea and India qualifying for the World Finals of 14&Under WJTC 2022.
In 2015, Korean player Seonyong Han established himself in the history books of the YSA Tour by winning the Singles titles of all the 4 events and Doubles titles of 3 of them. He went on to win the World Junior Finals with his team, when Korea defeated Spain in the finals held in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
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