It’s been an exceptionally quiet week on several fronts this week: with no Brits progressing past the second round at the ITF Futures event across the globe (save for inside the UK), the juniors suffered similar fates, with just Harry Butler, seeded third at the Grade 5 event in Vadu-lui-Voda in Moldova, getting past the first couple of rounds.
All the Brits in Junior French Open action fell in the first round, and several other Brits in action tumbled early, leaving just Butler and Sebastian Tong, competing in the Grade 5 event in Tirana, Albania, still in contention since our last update.
And the fun didn’t last very long: 16-year-old Tong came up against Serbian 16-year-old Bodin Zarkovic in the second round and lost 6-3 6-4; the Serb eventually reached the semi-finals.
Butler made it a round further, but still was unable to fulfil his seeding, summing up a hugely disappointing week for British tennis players not named Tara Moore or Andy Murray: Butler came up against Romanian seventh seed Filip Jianu in the quarter-finals and was somewhat thumped 6-2 6-1. 14-year-old Jianu went on to win the competition, so Butler, 16, won’t feel too aggrieved he was unable to stop the rising young Romanian starlet.