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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

He will still play the Junior Slams, but otherwise it sounds like he'll play mostly Futures and Challengers.

He's the first French winner for 27 years, I thought the Frenchies were supposed to do very well in the Juniors events?
The last one was Forget.
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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

I saw Mina playing banana bowl this year in tv.
He looked very competitive, and now it looks he has upgraded a bit, it appears he has a good fighting mind.
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He's the first French winner for 27 years, I thought the Frenchies were supposed to do very well in the Juniors events?
The last one was Forget.
Wikipedia says PHM won it in 1996, nothing about Forget, though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_...oys.27_Singles

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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

There are different divisions, PHM was 14 years old in 1996, he didn't win the Juniors event.

The thing about Forget was written in L'Equipe today, but I didn't check if it's correct.

(Argh, MTF is being a complete pain again today!)
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ok, but now I found that Mahut won it in 1999, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Mahut and that must also have been later than Forget.

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ok, but now I found that Mahut won it in 1999, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Mahut and that must also have been later than Forget.
No.
1999 champion is Roddick.
Mahut was chamion in doubles, and we are talking about singles.

Here is list of all champions
http://www.usta.com/PlayerDevelopmen...7339AFABB.ashx

U18 - the last one from France was (yes, it's him!) Guy Forget in 1982.

U16 last one is Julien Jeanpierre, 1996

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ok, all my efforts to deprive Forget from that honour were flawed. Thanks for posting the stats and congrats to Mina.

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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

Just saw on Lewis' blog, she says Gianni didn't sign up for Junior Australian Open, she didn's see him in entry lists.
Does anybody know what happened? Injury?

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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

No idea, sorry.

Here is a vid where he talks about his Orange Bowl title.

http://video.lequipe.fr/video/iLyROoafIHey.html

Why he got the first name Gianni : because his father was a big fan of Gianni Riveira, football player. He began practicing judo, swimming and then tennis in Guadeloupe. His idol is Guga. His fav player today is Rafa. Both good choices

He does say he'll play the Aussie Open and that he'll pass the bac ES at the end of the year, which is end of highschool exam, and the one he takes is about economics and social. (courageux !)

On the vid we see him around 2:45 with the kids from Mouratoglou Academy (Renzo Olivo and Sebastian Lavie, who I try to follow), does that mean he has any link with Mouratoglou ?

He even has some of Gael's expressions... even if he sounds to me a bit more like Ouanna in his slow, calm way of talking. I'd really like to see him play to see if the mimetism goes that far.
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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

Oh, found it. He didn't sign up in time because he didn't know about rule changes (juniors have to sign up by themseves not by national federation). He asked WC and got it.

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Just a quick explanation on the wildcards for Berta and Mina:

The World No.1 (Daniel Berta - SWE) and World No.2 (Gianni Mina - FRA) did not enter the Loy Yang Traralgon International or Australian Open Junior Championships prior to the entry deadline of December 15.

The main reason behind this was that starting in 2010, the ITF Junior Department require individual players to enter themselves directly into tournaments via their IPIN accounts, exactly how players enter on the Futures and Satellite circuit. In previous years, the relevant National Association were able to complete an entry form on behalf of the player and enter them into ITF Junior tournaments. Because of a communication breakdown between the Swedish Tennis Federation and French Tennis Federation, this information was not passed on to Daniel and Gianni.

After the original acceptance list was published by the ITF on December 16, both the Swedish Tennis Federation and French Tennis Federation (as well as Octagon Europe, that represent both players) contacted me informing me of the mistake that had been made in regards to Daniel and Gianni and immediately requested for main draw wildcards into the Australian Open Junior Championships. Gianni also asked for a main draw wildcard into the Loy Yang Traralgon International. Daniel Berta is only planning to play the AOJC.

Our national selectors, as well as Craig Tiley and Brent Larkham agreed to grant wildcards as follows:

French Tennis Federation, wildcards for Gianni Mina 1. Qualifying boys singles wildcard into the Loy Yang Traralgon International 2. Main Draw boys singles wildcard into the Australian Open Junior Championships

Swedish Tennis Federation, wildcard for Daniel Berta 1. Qualifying boys singles wildcard into the Australian Open Junior Championships.
It is actually generous of Tennis Australia to offer these wild cards, given that there will be two fewer Australian players getting an opportunity, but it does strengthen the boys field considerably. I wonder, and this is just idle speculation on my part, if an Australian might request a wild card to the French Junior championships this spring. Although Australia, France and the U.S. have reciprocal agreements for wild cards in the men's and women's events, there is no such arrangement in the juniors.

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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

Thank you ! So it was a lack of communication from the ITF part, why am I not even surprised.

Anyone saw this Berta play ? I was under the impression that the number 1 in junior was from Latin America but obviously I got mistaken.

What is the Loy Yang Traralgon International ? A junior tournament or an adult one ?
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It is Junior event, Grade 1. It will take place 09 Jan to 14 Jan 2009 in Australia - some kind of preparation for AO.

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Re: Gianni Mina: GMV2 thread

Gianni won his first match at the junior AO, and practiced with Jo yesterday :










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Wow, he will play in Turkey F1 (Antalya) at March 1-8. I will see him!
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