Tennis Canada announced Wednesday the list of players who will be competing in the International Junior Tennis Open in Repentigny. Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the tournament will be held from August 30 to September 5 at Parc Larochelle in Repentigny.
The 30th edition of the event will feature a strong Canadian contingent with eight Canadians earning direct entry into this ITF Grade 1 tournament. The talent of Canada’s next generation of tennis talent will be on full display throughout the week.
On the girls side, Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC) is slated to be the tournament’s no. 2 seed. Currently ranked no. 5 on the ITF world junior rankings, Robillard-Millette has put together a standout season. Since April, the 16-year-old has won two junior events and reached two other finals in addition to being a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in January. Last year in Repentigny, Robillard-Millette lost in the quarter-finals to Katie Swan of Great Britain who will also be back in 2015, but this time as the tournament’s top seed. World no. 23 Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) will try and capture her second title of the year in Repentigny after claiming top honours at an Australian Open warm up event in January. Despite being just 15 years of age, hopes are high for the fast rising Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) who is coming off her first profeessional Challenger final just a few weeks ago in Gatineau. Lastly, Vanessa Wong (Toronto, ON) will be looking to repeat her semifinal run in Repentigny last year.
On the boys side, Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) is sure to draw attention after reaching the quarter-finals at the Granby National Bank Challenger last month and in doing so, became the youngest player in history to win a main draw match at a Challenger event. In March, Auger-Aliassime became the first player born in the 2000s to hold an ATP World Tour ranking. The 15-year-old is currently ranked no. 65 on the junior rankings. Auger-Aliassime will be joined in the main draw by his compatriots Jack Mingjie Lin (Markham, ON), Benjamin Sigouin (Vancouver, BC), and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON), who served as a hitting partner for the Canadian Davis Cup team during their last tie in Belgium. The top seed for the 2015 edition of the International Junior Tennis Open will be world no. 7 Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera of Chile.
A total of six players will be awarded wildcards over the coming days to further strengthen the Canadian delegation.
Many of today’s biggest tennis stars played the Repentigny tournament in their junior days including Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Gaël Monfils, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Milos Raonic, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Perhaps the 30th edition of the tournament will allow fans to discover tennis’ next great champion.
TVA Sports returns as the tournament’s official broadcaster
Following the successful broadcasting of the event over the past three years, TVA Sports will be back for a fourth year as official broadcaster. Tennis fans across Quebec will be able to watch some of the world’s best junior players. Coverage will begin with the semifinals on Friday September 4 and will finish with the finals on Saturday September 5.