Four of the five Canadians participating in the Junior Australian Open are seeded in their respective draws, including Bianca Andreescu at No. 1, as the first under-18 Slam of the year gets underway this weekend.
The girls’ draw is headed by Andreescu, who at world No. 4 is the highest-ranked player in the tournament. The top-ranked 15-year-old in the world, Andreescu captured the prestigious U18 Orange Bowl title to close out her 2015 season. She will take on Japanese Satoko Sueno in the first round, in what will be her Australian Open debut.
Seeded No. 3 is Charlotte Robillard-Millette, who advanced into the quarter-finals in Melbourne one year ago. The 17-year-old, currently ranked world No. 8, will hope to start strong versus Ludmilla Samsonova of Italy in the first round as she attempts to match or better her 2015 performance.
Rounding out the Canadian girls is No. 15 seed Katherine Sebov, whose previous Slam best is the third round at the 2014 Junior US Open. Turning 17 earlier this month, she will face Indian Mihika Yadav to open her campaign.
On the boys’ side, Felix Auger-Aliassime will be leading the Canadian charge. He is seeded No. 4 for his first Australian Open. The highest-ranked 15-year-old boy in the world, he will play against Italian Andres Gabriel Ciurletti in the opening round. Auger-Aliassime won the Junior US Open boys’ doubles title and claimed two ITF Grade 1 singles trophies last year.
Jack Mingjie Lin is the fifth Canadian competing at the Junior Australian Open. Unseeded, he will challenge German Nicola Kuhn before potentially playing No. 2-seeded Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round. Ranked world No. 50, Lin is participating in his first-ever Slam.
Click here to view the complete draws. Junior play will commence at the Australian Open on Saturday.