The public attended, did well and closely followed the closing of the Brasil Juniors Cup, last Sunday, at the Leopoldina Juvenil Association, in Porto Alegre. The headquarters of the capital of Rio Grande do Sul hosted the final matches of the 18 male and female categories. There were two weeks of a lot of tennis in Rio Grande do Sul, with the headquarters of Recreio da Juventude (Caxias do Sul) hosting the duels of the 12, 14 and 16 years old categories, and the Leopoldina Juvenil Association with the matches of the 18 years old and Tennis Kids. About 800 athletes from 25 countries participated.
In the men’s decision, the American Darwin Blanch confirmed the consistency shown in all his games in the competition and beat the Belgian Emilien Demat with partials of 6/4 and 6/1. Darwin comes from a traditional family of tennis players and has two brothers competing on the world tour. In addition, the young man made history by becoming the second youngest tennis player to earn an ATP point, when he won a meeting at the ITF M15 in Villena, played at Juan Carlos Ferrero’s academy, last year.
In the other final of the Brasil Juniors Cup, the Japanese Sara Saito, seed 1, overcame the Peruvian Lucciana Perez Alarcon, seed 2, in a very balanced game, with partials of 7/6 (7/4) and 7/5, getting with the title.
“It was a period that reinforced how Porto Alegre embraces the Brasil Juniors Cup: world tennis talents on the court, a large public following the disputes and the support of companies and public authorities represent the success of the edition. It is necessary that the next editions remain in the Rio Grande do Sul”, highlighted Paulo Corazza, president of the Leopoldina Youth Association.
The president of Recreio da Juventude also celebrated the successful completion of the competition. “It was a great honor for us, for the first time in our history, to host a tournament at the level of the Brasil Juniors Cup and to be able to meet all the expectations of the organization of the event with our infrastructure. It was also important to be able to host in Caxias do Sul more than 500 people, including athletes, coaches and teams involved in the tournament, who stayed here for over a week. This is important for publicizing our city, the Club and the economy of Caxias do Sul”, said Diego Biglia, executive president of the Youth Recreation.