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Now that Tennis Canada has the National Training Centre, and our juniors are starting to make a scene on the world stage, I feel that a thread specifically for the juniors would be appropriate.

Currently we have only 1 player in the Top 100

84. Peliwo
155. Nguyen
228. di Feo
229. Schnur
286. Monette
367. du Toit
383. Bednarczyk

I feel that Peliwo, Schnur and di Feo will be able to increase their ranking in the next month at Yucatan, Eddie Herr and the Orange Bowl, and will be serious competitors next year.
 

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I'd like to see the NTC boys born in 94 play more pro tournaments and increase thein pro ranking. especially Peliwo, since he has a decent chance to have a good pro career. Does anyone know is these guys plan to turn pro? or do they plan on getting NCAA scholarships? thanks
good luck to all for the next few weeks in Mexico and in Florida.
 

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Tommy Milnykov won the Eddie Herr U16 as a wildcard without dropping a set. I've never heard of him so I did a google search:

-Born in Israel, came to Canada at 4
-Has trained at the Bollettieri Academy for the last 5 years
-Only played three international junior tournaments
-Friend with Sabine Lisicky
-Hyped by Brad Gilbert

edit: Alejandro Tabilo just won the U14 in three sets. The guy he beat in the final had only lost 10 games in 5 matches (60 60, 60 60, 62 62, 62 60, 61 63).
 

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both filip and eugenie went down in the semi's

patrick ofner def. filip 3-6, 6-4, 7-6

anett kontaviet def. eugenie 0-6, 6-4, 4-2 ret.
 

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I forgot about that site. It's got some great interviews with players we don't usually hear much from.

It's interesting to read about some of the juniors' experiences with the NTC and with Tennis Canada's help. It's obviously helped a bunch of players (Raonic, Pospisil, Marino, Peliwo, Bouchard) but it's also unfortunate that players outside of the NTC don't get the same support from TC.

ONcourt: Was it a hard decision for you to leave Canada and the support Tennis Canada provided with your travels?

Alejandro Tabilo: Sincerely, it was not a hard decision at all. I requested my parents to pull me out of the program several times since January of this year. The environment at Tennis Canada was very hostile. I felt I was being tortured and humiliated. This issue was reported to Tennis Canada management and it was ignored. These documents have been archived. I want to thank my parents for making the effort of having me in a world class tennis academy. Thanks to them I will be able to keep on travelling.
ONcourt: Why did you leave the National Center in Montreal?

Gabriela Dabrowski: Different reasons. The main one was there wasn’t any specific technical training and poor fitness training too. I also became a transition player and yet I was still hitting with juniors so I wasn’t experiencing faster or a more elite level of hitting. I was promised a coach for myself only if I had made the top 10 in juniors… I achieved top 5 and I never got a coach to myself (Tennis Canada changed the rules to be two players per one coach, and the coach had to be of their choosing, and they wouldn’t let parents be involved at all – it was all “their way” or no funding/support at all). There were also some personal issues that were disappointing that made me want to leave.

ONcourt: What did you like and not like about it?

Gabriela Dabrowski: I was missing home. The players from Quebec were very lucky to be able to go home every day after training.

There was too much traveling rather than focusing on improving my game. Also, fitness wise, each player is different and has different needs, yet we were all doing the same things.

Some positives are that almost everything was paid for so there was no financial burden on my parents and I gained some independence.

ONcourt: What do you see for the next 12 months?

Gabriela Dabrowski: An ideal situation would be me traveling to more tournaments if I had a sponsor or funding. However, that is not the case, so I’m just hoping to play the tournaments I can afford. It’s unfortunate that even when I earned the most points for carding, the players from the center were awarded funding because they were from the center. It doesn’t seem fair that players who have everything, pay to get additional funding and those who are struggling, get nothing.
 

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I really wish the Canadian Juniors were doing something right now, because it's the easiest time of the year to pick up points. Next week there's a Grade 1 tournament in Venezuala, with the top seed being number 56 in the world, and there are no Canadians on the entry list. If di Feo and Schnur were to play they would be Top 8 seeds, and even making the quarterfinals would give them a nice boost in their ranking. I know I'm know pro, but hitting up big tournaments with week draws seems kind of obvious to me.
 

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I read about this weeks ago, unfortunately I forgot the reason why she's missing it. The article also mentioned a coach tennis canada brought in to work with her but since she was injured the coach worked with Bouchard instead I think? Not too sure about the Bouchard part
 

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Never mind that, I just found the article. It said something about planning to play the AO but that it was coming up pretty quick. So it probably is because it's a bit early to rush her back into playing.

And the coach didn't coach Bouchard, that coach went back to his home country since Abanda was injured
 

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There's a very small difference in the top junior rankings right now. If Peliwo loses in this final, he'll move up to around 16, but if he wins the tournament then he'll move up to around number 8. It's a shame these rankings won't influence the AO draw.
 
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