Ryan Storrie was the only Brit to not lose during the weekend and Monday’s ITF Junior matches across all levels, managing to secure a tough three-set victory at the Grade A event in Italy. Alexis Canter, Alastair Gray and Ewan Moore all exited early, while several Brits also fell at Grade 4 level along the way.
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At the elite event this week in Italy, both Alastair Gray and Ewan Moore failed to make it out of the qualifying draw, despite Gray being the top seed and Moore being seeded 12th. Moore eased past Italian Mattia Frinzi in the first qualifying round 6-2 6-0 while Gray enjoyed a bye, but both players met their match in the second qualifying round, with Gray losing 7-5 6-0 to Italian Francesco Forti and Moore being edged out 7-6(3) 6-7(2) 6-3 by Olukayode Ayeni of the United States.
In the main draw proper, Ryan Storrie secured a battling 6-3 4-6 6-2 victory over Juan Martin Jalif of Argentina to reach the second round, but Alexis Canter, who snuck into the main draw thanks to a couple of withdrawals, lost fairly convincingly 6-2 6-1 against Nicola Kuhn of Spain. 11th seed and British Junior #1 Jay Clarke is still yet to play his opening round match against Ayeni, while Katie Swan is seeded 4th and up against Belorussian qualifier Nika Shytkouskaya, while Emily Appleton faces American Caty McNally.
At Grade 4 level, it’s been a poor weekend. In Budapest, neither Zyaan Ahmed, Sahej Maker nor Tiegan Aitken were able to make it out of qualifying, while Barnaby Smith and Eleanor Scarff were beaten in their first round matches in Montenegro and Morocco respectively.