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Boys & Girls: Nike Junior International, Liverpool, Hard - Grade 5 (Week 46)


This is the third running of the Liverpool tournament with the previous winners being:

2014 - Luke Oakley & Megan Davies

2013 - Constant De La Bassettiere & Jodie Burrage

So there is a bit of pedigree (both Luke and Jodie have senior world rankings now and Megan and Constant are flying up the junior rankings) Ali Collins also made the double final last year

This is my local tournament and qualifying starts tomorrow and I expect more top talent to emerge this week. I'm hoping to pop in two or three times this week and watch

Some interesting players on the acceptance list:

Ewan Lumsden, Aidan McHugh, Jack Draper, Brandon Murphy, Lauryn John-Baptiste, The Martin Sisters, Esther Adeshina etc 

 

 



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have fun, paulisi

I'd be very interested to hear what you think of the 2001 girls: Esther, Olivia, the two Martins and Jizel

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Also, Emma Raducanu (2002) is on the acceptance list, and I'm guessing she might have a main draw wildcard. I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts on her potential.

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my doubles partner's daughter is playing this today, Carla Nokes



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tharris wrote:

Also, Emma Raducanu (2002) is on the acceptance list, and I'm guessing she might have a main draw wildcard. I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts on her potential.


 The plan is to go Mon & Fri and Tues either Shrewsbury or Liverpool dependant on which Brits are in the main draw at Shrewsbury.

Emma if she has a wildcard will be really interesting to watch as she is the stand out in her age group. 



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my doubles partner's daughter is playing this today, Carla Nokes


 No luck I'm afraid. Lost in straight sets



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Having seen Emma play she is ready to start at this level, I just hope she really enjoys the experience of giving some much older girls a run for their money without too many expectations.

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I see that Colin Beecher's son got a win yesterday.

And - re Emma R - Marni Banks, also born 2002, is playing, and won easily yesterday, and had a very good week at one of the British Tour events recently so obviously found the level fine.

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Marni Banks ended up qualifying easily. Emma did in fact receive a wildcard, as did Gemma Heath. Could be a really interesting tournament from a British perspective.

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Singles draws are up at www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx

In the boys Matt Story is the highest seeded Brit (3) while Dubai winner Aidan McHugh takes on wildcard Josh Goodger. Colin Beecher's son Matthew was comfortably beaten today by George Loffhagen, but Jack Draper, George's compatriot in the successful GBR 2013 TE Winter Cup under 12 team, is a late withdrawal

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It's good to see so many precocious Brits competing at this level, let's hope they have a great week.

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Too much talent to watch and across lots of courts. I'll end up bits and pieces of lots of matches again.

9am start - I'm sure it hasn't been that early in previous years.

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There is also a 13 year old American who has come a long way to play and likely one of their elite juniors in the very near future, I am sure you will have a great day watching some very high quality tennis in the context of the age of some of the participants.

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Nice day watching some good tennis in freezing conditions. It was that cold even Beechy went and put a hat on. Nice to see Mel South there with the Bath contingent.

Men were on first and there was a cracking match between Brandon Murphy and Alex Parker. Alex is very tall with a big serve, but his groundshots struggled on occasions. As CD pointed out Brandon is one to watch. Good serve, quick hand and a very powerfully whippy forehand that caused all the damage.
I also saw the first set of Aidan McHugh's match which lacked the quality of the previous match. Aidan was very solid and didn't make many mistakes, but didn't have the power to cause great problems.
Damian Rodriguez and Simon Carr have both done well here before, so no suprise that was a close match which ended up with Simon Carr destroying his racket.
Matt Story looked very useful and cruised past the Polish player. I think the better players are in the top half of the draw.

Of the girls, we have a lot of very talented 13-15 year olds at the moment.
Lauryn looks a real prospect. Powerful game and good control and must be one of the favourites this week. The highest quality match was Rather Adeshina v Anna Bowtell. Both with huge serves and hard hitting from the back off the court. It probably would have made a decent final, but after a tight first set, Esther came on strong.
Hannah McColgan won very easily. Nice lefty game with a good swingy serve.
Georgie Walker lost a tight nervy match in which the standard wasn't the greatest.
The Martins sisters looked very capable. Essence won easily, but Destiny was involved in a real tight match with the very useful Jizel.
Gemma Heath was a real disappointment. I was expecting a lot more, but she didn't play well and Martina did. By the way, for anyone wondering Gemma is very big for her age and I was very surprised she is just 14. I would have guessed she would be 15-16 if I didn't know in advance.
Olivia Elliot is another nice player for her age. She is tall and has a decent serve and good back court game, but looked a bit nervy approaching the net and towards the winning line.
As for Emma Raducanu, she turned 13 last week. She is tiny, but is a little pocket dynamite and turned over a player 4 years older and has played on the main tour. She has a strong serve and all the shots in the book and is one to follow closely for the future. The scoreline flattered Louie as Emma was 5-2 up in the first and serve for the match at least twice in the second, but Emma got tight.
Emma might win another match, but don't expect too much this week.
The top half is much stronger than the bottom and I'm expecting a humdinger of a semi final between Lauryn and Esther with the winner taking the title.

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Thanks for the report. I must say, most of what you said about the girls is what I expected.

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