While the professionals are already serving and playing in Melbourne for the title of the first Grand-Slam of 2018, the junior tournament for the young prospects on the ITF Junior Curcuit will only begin in a few days. The tradition to host a junior event along side the Australian Open goes back to the 1920s, when tournaments for girls and boys were organized for the very first time. On the ITF Junior Curcuit the Grand Slams are seen as the most prestigious events. Not only because the young players can play in striking distance to their idols and role models, but also because they can earn the most ITF Junior World Ranking points at these events to make a name for themselves on the Junior Tour. Some of the Pros today, once made a big step towards a professional carrer at the Australian Open Junior Championships and were able to show their talent and brilliance to the world. The list of former participants includes some famous names, such as Lindsay Davenport (USA), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS), Andy Roddick (USA), Janko Tipsarevic (YUG), Jelena Jankovic (YUG), Maria Sharapova (RUS), Marcos Baghdatis (CYP), Gaël Monfils (FRA), Viktoria Azarenka (BLR), Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), Bernard Tomic (AUS), Nick Kyrgios (AUS), Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) and Alexander Zverev (GER). All of them had either reached the finals or even won the Australian Open Junior tournament. So by following the matches and results of the Junior tournament, one can be sure to watch some of the tennis stars and pros of tomorrow!
Tennis-Ticker proudly supports Tennis Australia and the ITF Junior Curcuit, for this reason we provide the Australian Open Junior Qualification, hosted in Traralgon, with our point-by-point live scoring technology.