Next week in Japan will be played ITF18 junior tournament Osaka Mayor's Cup (08 Oct to 14 Oct), which is Grade A tournament (the highest tournament level in juniors).
In Osaka following Finns will be in main draw
- Harri Heliövaara (ITF34; 18 years)
- Henri Laaksonen (ITF212; 15 years)
- Jesse Kiuru (ITF320; 17 years)
Harri Heliövaara was last year finalist in Osaka.
Henri Laaksonen is the brightest finnish junior tennis talent since Jarkko Nieminen. Henri has this year won already 3 ITF18 tournaments, but Osaka is too high level tournament for him I suppose. Anyway good experience to him surely.
Jesse Kiuru is also a promising player who belongs to new finnish tennis junior team.
Not so good success to finnish juniors in Osaka.
Young talent Henri Laaksonen (15,5 years) won his first match but lost his second. Henri's junior ITF18-ranking rose to ITF201.
Harri Heliövaara was second seeded and won easily his first match, but was forced to give up the second after first set because his shoulder injury. Harri's juniorranking dropped from ITF34 to ITF79, when he lost his last year Osaka finalpoints.
Let's hope that Harri's shoulder problem is not serious. Harri is still the best hope in finnish male tennis after Jarkko Nieminen and Juho Paukku and before Henri Kontinen and Henri Laaksonen.
Jesse Kiuru lost his first single match but reached the quaterfinal in doubles with Manuell Pröll (AUT).