NEW

Wimbledon’s prize money payout

Prize money set aside for this year’s Championships at Wimbledon will be distributed to those players who were set to take part at this year’s cancelled tournament, the AELTC announced on Friday.

Wimbledon makes further donations

Marking what would have been the second week of The Championships, the AELTC is donating 70,000 Championships tennis balls and towels to the LTA for its ‘Play Your Way’ campaign as part of The Club’s contributions to the recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

China cancels international events

The WTA’s plans to go ahead with the Asian swing of their tour was apparently scuppered when a press release from the Chinese press agency Xinhua on Thursday announced a decision by the General Administration of Sport of China to cancel all international events due to...

Murray unveils another event for top Brits

The success of the ‘Battle of the Brits’ recently played out behind closed doors in Roehampton, is to be repeated but this time featuring teams consisting of Britain’s best male and female players.

Thiem reaches semis in Austria but may miss US Open

Dominic Thiem is already guaranteed a semi-final slot at the THIEMs7 invitational tournament being held high in the Austrian Alps at Kitzbühel this week, having defeated both Casper Ruud and Jan-Lennard Struff in the round robin stages.

ITF to host virtual AGM

The ITF has announced that the 2020 ITF Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held virtually on Saturday 21 November 2020 following the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Djokovic now claims he is the subject of a witch-hunt

Novak Djokovic has attacked his critics following his disastrous Adria Tour which has been one of the one of the major topics of discussion in recent weeks on the tennis front.

Revised ATP rankings give Djokovic a boost

The ATP has confirmed its rankings system will be adjusted due to the impact of coronavirus pandemic, once the Tour resumes, in a move that will greatly benefit Novak Djokovic and protect Roger Federer, but could well hurt Rafael Nadal.

No insurance for Wimbledon, or fans at the US Open

During the week that The Championships should have been building to its climax at Wimbledon this coming weekend, thoughts turn again to the next Grand Slam, the US Open, due to be played from 31 August in New York.

Should the US Open be cancelled?

The question as to whether Flushing Meadows should be allowed to go ahead is still being heavily debated despite the assurances from the USTA that it will!
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

New York | Jonas Forejtek wins Boys Singles title

Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic ended his junior career by winning the US Open Boys Singles title on Sunday, defeating any hopes for an American 2019 junior major title at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

His level was really good....But then I started playing more aggressive, which was better against him, and he started making more mistakes after. But his level maybe dropped a bit, my level got higher. Jonas Forejtek

The No 4 seed came from a set down to defeat American Emilio Nava, winning 12 of the final 14 games in Louis Armstrong Stadium to earn a 6-7(4) 6-0 6-2 victory and hoist the winner’s trophy.

“It’s so good,” Forejtek told reporters after the final. “It’s big motivation also for the future.”

Forejtek joins an elite list of former US Open boys’ singles champions that includes Stefan Edberg, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

He is the first Czech to claim the US Open boys’ singles title since 2006 and only the 4th Czech male to win a major junior singles title.

“They won it, [and] I have to work hard to get at least close to them,” he said. “So I think it’s motivation to and I got a lot of confidence from this.”

Five different Americans reached a total of 6 junior Grand Slam singles finals this year, but none was able to get their hands on any of the silverware.

Forejtek had some experience with junior finals before, as the winner of both the Australian and Wimbledon boys doubles titles earlier this year.

Taking on Australian Open singles finalist Nava in Louis Armstrong Stadium was a big step up for the 18-year-old, who had never been past the round of 16 at a junior slam in his previous 7 appearances.

Although the level in the first set was high for both players, Forejtek felt he was too passive, partly because Nava, seeded 8th, did not allow give him many chances to play aggressively.

“I think first set he played really well,” Forejtek said. “[How] he was serving, I didn’t have chances for any breaks, maybe one break point.

“His level was really good….But then I started playing more aggressive, which was better against him, and he started making more mistakes after. But his level maybe dropped a bit, my level got higher.”

Forejtek, however, will gain confidence from the way he was able to turn the tide of Sunday’s final.

After Nava played brilliantly to seize the first-set tiebreak, the Czech from Pilsen never blinked.

He marched through a dominant second set as Nava made a rash of unforced errors, winning all 6 games and 25 of 34 points in total, and taking it in just 20 minutes.

Forejtek didn’t skip a beat in the deciding set either, even when Nava threatened to reclaim a break deficit in the 6th game.

Trailing 3-2, Nava rallied from 0-40 to earn a break point behind 4 consecutive winners, but he tightened up in a critical moment and dumped a backhand from the mid-court into the net.

The miss proved fatal and it was his last break opportunity of the afternoon.

“I had that ad point, I was pretty confident with it, second serve, hit a nice inside out and inside the court I think I thought too much where to go, when I generally have it so clear, and I ended up missing it,” Nava said.

“He played great. In the first set he was solid, but was missing a bit. In the second, he just was letting his forehands go, gained a lot more confidence in his serve as well, and it was tough to bounce back.”

Nava, who had been serving well throughout the tournament, particularly in his 2 wins on Saturday, saw that part of his game drop off in the final 2 sets.

“In the first set, it was pretty good, pretty solid, but in the second set it definitely dropped off pretty hard,” said the 17-year-old from Los Angeles.

“I was getting a little frustrated, so in the 3rd, I just started kicking it, just trying to make it, get the confidence back.”

When Forejtek converted his 2nd match point, his celebration was subdued, with nothing more dramatic than a fist pump, but in his press conference in the main interview room, the Czech was obviously elated about his first junior slam singles title.

“It’s really great,” Forejtek said. “I won Grand Slams only in doubles, and in singles, it’s just unreal. It’s so good; it’s big motivation also for the future.”

Although Forejtek is considering playing the ITF Junior Masters this autumn, he is ready to move full time into pro tennis, although an even bigger challenge awaits him next weekend, as a member of the Czech Davis Cup team in its tie with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Forejtek is part of the very young Czech team, which includes Jiri Lehecka and Dalibor Svrcina, who also played in the US Open Junior Championships, and 18-year-old Tomas Machac, along with ATP veteran Jiri Vesely.

“I’m happy I played on the big courts, because it’s a bit different from other ones,” Forejtek said. “I was always playing on the small courts this tournament. Always. So I’m really, really looking forward to it, and let’s see how it will go.”

Nava, who turns 18 in December, is also going to turn his focus to the Pro Circuit, with his next tournament likely to be the $25,000 event in Houston the week after next.






Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.