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Les Petits As

Les Petits As (English: Small champions) is a premier junior tennis tournament for players aged 12-14. It is held in Tarbes, France. It is often considered to be the European equivalent of the Junior Orange Bowl in Florida, United States due to the high number of international players that it attracts.

The event has seen a number of its champions go on to become slam winners, including Rafael Nadal, Michael Chang, Martina Hingis, and Kim Clijsters. Due to the relatively restrictive age range, few players have won the title more than once, although Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky have both done so. Most recently, upcoming Spanish player Carlos Boluda became the first boy to do so.

The tournament is played on indoor GreenSet (hard) courts. Roughly 7,000 players enter the pre-qualifying tournaments held across France, with that number being narrowed down to 350 for the final qualifying stage, and 64 for the final tournament.[1] The event is regulated by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and has businesses such as Head, Eurosport, Coca-Cola, and Peugeot amongst its portfolio of partners.[2]

Results

Boys' singles

Girls' singles

Year Champion Runner-up Score Semifinalists
1983 France Sybille Niox-Château France Cécile Bourdaix
1984 France Emmanuelle Derly France Alexia Dechaume
1985 Switzerland Sandrine Jacquet Sweden Hanika Narbe
1986 United States Laxima Poruri Netherlands Gruben
1987 United States Kimberly Kessaris Austria Ursula Priller
1988 West Germany Anke Huber West Germany Katherine Denn Samuel
1989 France Nicole London Czechoslovakia Zde?ka Málková
1990 West Germany Heike Rusch United States Lindsay Davenport
1991 Switzerland Martina Hingis Madagascar Dally Randriantefy
1992 Switzerland Martina Hingis Hungary Rita Kuti-Kis
1993 United States Stephanie Hallsell Hungary Rika Vidats
1994 Russia Anna Kournikova Germany Stephanie Kovacik
1995 Croatia Mirjana Lu?i? Belgium Justine Henin
1996 Croatia Jelena Pand?i? United States Melissa Middleton
1997 Belgium Kim Clijsters Russia Elena Bovina
1998 Russia Lina Krasnoroutskaya Germany Caroline Raba
1999 United States Bethanie Mattek Croatia Matea Mezak
2000 Russia Dinara Safina Lithuania Lina Stan?i?t?
2001 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vojislava Luki? Slovakia Jarmila Gajdo?ová
2002 Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky Russia Alisa Kleybanova
2003 Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky Romania Raluca Olaru
2004 Russia Yelena Kulikova Austria Tamira Paszek
2005 Russia Ksenia Pervak France Gracia Radovanovic
2006 Canada Gabriela Dabrowski Russia Anna Arina Marenko 6-3, 6-4[5]
2007 Belarus Anna Orlik United States Nicole Gibbs 6-4, 6-1 United States Grace Min
Romania Ingrid Radu
2008 Russia Daria Gavrilova United Kingdom Laura Robson 6-3, 6-3 Belgium An-Sophie Mestach
Slovenia Nastja Kolar
2009 Russia Yulia Putintseva Russia Irina Khromacheva 6-4, 6-2 Slovakia Petra Uberalová
Czech Republic Petra Rohanová
2010 Japan Tsuji Kanami Netherlands Indy de Vroome 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Ukraine Marianna Zakarlyuk
Ukraine Oleksandra Korashvili
2011 Latvia Je?ena Ostapenko Russia Anastasiya Komardina 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 Switzerland Belinda Bencic
Russia Veronika Kudermetova
2012 Romania Jaqueline Adina Cristian United States Tornado Alicia Black 6-2, 6-3 United Kingdom Gabriella Taylor
United Kingdom Maia Lumsden
2013 United States CiCi Bellis Romania Andreea Amalia Ro?ca 6-0, 6-2 Russia Sofya Zhuk
Czech Republic Markéta Vondrou?ová
2014 Canada Bianca Vanessa Andreescu United States Claire Liu 6-4, 7-5 United States Elysia Bolton
Ukraine Katarina Zavatska
2015 Russia Anastasia Potapova Serbia Olga Danilovi? 6-4, 6-4 Russia Kamilla Rakhimova
Poland Iga ?wi?tek
2016 Ukraine Marta Kostyuk Czech Republic Denisa Hindová 6-2, 6-1 Canada Ariana Arseneault
Japan Himari Sato
2017 Russia Maria Timofeeva Ukraine Dasha Lopatetskaya 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 United States Cori Gauff
Russia Polina Kudermetova

Exhibitions

The tournament often features retired and/or active players making appearances in exhibition matches in the evening preceding the final day of play. It is common for upcoming and veteran French players to be present. In recent tournaments, players present have included:

Notable later meeting of Les Petites As competitors

In the 2011 Australian Open, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic met in the final. They had first played each other in Les Petits As in 2000 as 13-year-olds (born a week apart in May, 1987). Murray remembered winning the Petits As match "6-love, 6-1 maybe." Djokovic (3 seed in Australia 2011[6]), who had already eliminated Roger Federer (2 seed[6]) would "be just a bit tougher than that on Sunday," averred Murray. Murray (5 seed) had just beaten David Ferrer (7 seed) in the semis at Melbourne Park. Ferrer earlier in the 2011 tournament had beaten Rafael Nadal, who was the overall winner of the 2000 Petits As[7] and the top seed in the 2011 Open.[8] In the event, in Australia 2011, Djokovic beat Murray in a hard-fought but convincing straight sets win, following the match with "a warm embrace at the net as if to say to his longtime friend and rival, until next time", as one commentator put it.[9]

References

  1. ^ "INTRODUCTION Logistic and Budget". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Partners". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Profile, atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  4. ^ Milano, Sally (2005-12-19). "Buchanan Sweeps at Les Petits As; Muhammad, Augustine Win in Doubles". Juniors: 2005 Year in Review. United States Tennis Association. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Ontario Girls Win in Europe". Ontario Tennis. Ontario Tennis Association. 2006. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b Clarey, Christopher, "Djokovic in Top Form Ousting Federer", The New York Times, January 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  7. ^ Clarey, Christopher, "Murray Beats Ferrer to Reach Final", The New York Times, January 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  8. ^ australianopen.com, Official Site, Nadal v. Ferrer Match Statistics. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  9. ^ Lin, Thomas, "Djokovic Wins Second Australian Open Title", The New York Times Straight Sets tennis blog, January 30, 2011, 6:36 am. Retrieved 2011-01-30.

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