Tennis in Hong Kong: ITF Junior Event

October 4, 2009

in ITF Junior Tennis Tour

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The junior professional tennis tour is called the ITF Junior Tour and has only one age group, which is 18 years and under. ITF stands for International Tennis Federation. The ITF Junior Tour is restricted to players aged 18 years and under and to those who have turned 13 years old prior to the tournament that they wish to enter.

On Monday October 5 the 1st round of the main draw for both the girls and boys singles commences at Victoria Park on Hing Fat Street in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. The tournament is a Grade 4 level ITF junior world ranking tournament.

Junior Girls Singles

In this Hong Kong event the junior girls singles event consisted of a 32 player draw with 28 direct acceptances. All 28 of the direct acceptances were already world ranked junior players. The remaining 4 places in the draw were awarded wild cards because there was no qualifying event.

The 4 wild cards were awarded to 3 players from Hong Kong: 13 year old Eudice Chong who is pictured above, Vickie Wai Kei Ip and Rachel Wing Tung Hui and Marian Capadocia of the Philippines. 12 of the 32 players in the draw are from Hong Kong, however none of them are seeded.

The top 8 seeds that were drawn to play each other in the quarter finals IF they all win their first 2 matches are:

  • No.1 seed Laili Rahmawatiulfa versus No.8 Anna Patrimonio
  • No.4 Eri Hozumi versus No.7 Siriporn Phakamad
  • No.3 Nattawadee Kotcha versus No.6 Sanae Ota
  • No.2 Laura Diegman versus No.5 Pei-Chi Lee

The girl’s singles draw included players from 9 countries, these were: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, China, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Great Britain.

Junior Boys Singles

The junior boys singles event consisted of a 48 player draw with 42 direct acceptances. 26 of these direct acceptances were already world ranked junior players with 14 year old Brian Yeung of Hong Kong rounding out this group as the world No.1788 ITF junior.

The remaining 22 places in the draw were awarded to a further 16 direct acceptances and 6 wild cards because there was no qualifying event. 22 of the 48 players are from Hong Kong, however, none of them are amongst the top 8 seeds.

The top 8 seeds that were drawn to play each other in the quarter finals IF they all win their first 2 matches are:

  • No.1 seed Renier Moolman versus No.7 Phaninthon Pakpoomkamol
  • No.4 Kriangkrai Prajoubphansri versus No.6 Chieh-Fu Wang
  • No.3 Ting Yu Chuang versus No.5 Nuttanon Kadchapanan
  • No.2 Jeson Patrombon versus No.8 Christian Lee

The boys singles draw included players from 11 countries, these were: South Africa, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Philippines, China, Indonesia, Thailand, USA, India, Malaysia and Great Britain.

The winner of these Grade 4 singles tournaments earns 40 ITF world junior ranking points, whilst the runner-up wins 30 points. The 2 semi finalists receive 20 points each and the 4 quarter finalists win 15 points each. Those 8 players who make it to the round of 16 all win 10 ITF world junior ranking points each. Only players who win through to the round of 16 earn any ITF junior ranking points.

Stay tuned for more on the Hong Kong Junior ITF tournament here at OnCourt Advantage.

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