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2017 Junior Tour Players of the Year

The winners of the 2017 ‘ Tennis Europe Junior Tour Players of the Year ’ titles have been revealed . The award is presented to the four players that top the boys ’ and girls ’ 14 and 16 & Under rankings at the end of the season , plus a series of other winners selected for their achievements on the Tour throughout the year .
In addition to the coveted ‘ Player of the Year ’ title , this year ’ s four year-end # 1 ranked players will also receive a special prize of a one-week stay at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in southern France , to be taken during 2018 .
Jack Pinnington-Jones becomes the first British player ever to end the season as 14 & Under # 1 , after a strong season in which he won three singles and four doubles titles , including gold at the European Junior Championships ( alongside compatriot Joel Pierleoni ), and was also runner-up at the Tennis Europe Junior Masters .
Pinnington-Jones thus goes one step further than Britain ’ s previous best performance by a 14 & Under boy , when Andy Murray ended the 2001 season in second position behind long-time rival Novak Djokovic . On hearing the news , Jack commented , “ It feels great ! I never thought that I would have been able to do this , but it ’ s an amazing achievement .”
Jack Pinnington-Jones
The girls 14 & under title went to Russia ’ s Oksana Selekhmeteva . The dominant player of 2017 , she spent most of the season ranked # 1 , compiling a 37-6 win / loss record in singles . Curiously she won just one 14 & Under title ( the Category 1 event in Moscow ), but she also claimed two Category 1 16 & Under titles in Italy , played on the Russian Winter Cups by HEAD team and won two medals at the European Junior Championships – gold in doubles and silver in singles .
Recent Tennis Europe Junior Masters champion Nini Gabriel Dica of Romania claims the Boys 16 & under title . Prior to winning the Masters , he claimed the silver medal at the European Junior Championships , as well as four other singles and two doubles titles .
“ I feel very honoured ,” Dica said . “ I had an amazing year , and I want to thank my team , my family and everyone who supported me . Thanks for this award , and for all the great memories I have with the Tennis Europe Junior Tour !”
Another Junior Masters champion , Carole Monnet of France , is awarded the Girls ’ 16 & Under Player of the Year title . Restricting her play to Category 1 events , Monnet was the dominant player on the 16 & Under circuit this year , losing just two of 24 matches and never losing before the final , claiming titles in Villneuve-les-Avignon and Barcelona en route to the finals in Reggio Calabria .
She has an inspiring story , telling Tennis Europe , “ Performance has no limits . One year ago , I was in a wheelchair and today you announce that I am the Player of the Year : I am so happy ! I ’ d like to thank all the clubs where I played , my partners , and Tennis Europe for this experience . It ’ s been a great season for me with the support of my coach Hervé Romain . Thanks everybody !”
In addition to the above Players of the Year awards , the Tennis Europe Junior Tour also recognises some other special achievements during the season ...
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www.ersa-stringers.com TENNIS EUROPE NEWS 2017 Junior Tour Players of the Year The winners of the 2017 ‘Tennis Europe Junior Tour Players of the Year’ titles have been revealed. The award is presented to the four players that top the boys’ and girls’ 14 and 16 & Under rankings at the end of the season, plus a series of other winners selected for their achievements on the Tour throughout the year. In addition to the coveted ‘Player of the Year’ title, this year’s four year-end #1 ranked players will also receive a special prize of a one-week stay at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in southern France, to be taken during 2018. Jack Pinnington-Jones becomes the first British player ever to end the season as 14 & Under #1, after a strong season in which he won three singles and four doubles titles, including gold at the European Junior Championships (alongside compatriot Joel Pierleoni), and was also runner-up at the Tennis Europe Junior Masters. Pinnington-Jones thus goes one step further than Britain’s previous best performance by a 14 & Under boy, when Andy Murray ended the 2001 season in second position behind long-time rival Novak Djokovic. On hearing the news, Jack commented, “It feels great! I never thought that I would have been able to do this, but it’s an amazing achievement.” Jack Pinnington-Jones The girls 14 & under title went to Russia’s Oksana Selekhmeteva. The dominant player of 2017, she spent most of the season ranked #1, compiling a 37-6 win/loss record in singles. Curiously she won just one 14 & Under title (the Category 1 event in Moscow), but she also claimed two Category 1 16 & Under titles in Italy, played on the Russian Winter Cups by HEAD team and won two medals at the European Junior Championships L)Չٕ́ͥȁ̸ͥ)IЁQ́ɽ)չȁ5ѕ́ 9ɥ Íѡ ̀؀չȁѥѱ)AɥȁѼݥѡ5ѕ̰ѡٕͥȁЁѡɽ)չȁ ̰́͡ݕ́)ѡȁͥ́ݼՉ́ѥѱ̸+q$ٕ䁡ɕtͅq$饹啅Ȱ$݅ЁѼѡѕ䁙䁅ٕ役)ݡѕQ́ȁѡ́݅ɐȁѡɕЁɥ́$ٔݥѠѡQ́ɽ)չ)Qȇt)ѡȁ)չȁ5ѕ́ ɽ5 Ʌ́݅ɑѡɱϊd؀UȁAȁѡe)ѥѱIɥѥȁѼ ѕāٕ̰5Ё݅́ѡЁȁѡ؀UȁɍեЁѡ)啅ȰͥЁݼЁэٕ́ȁͥɔѡѥѱ́Y̵ٔ٥) ɍɽєѼѡ́I ɥ)Ḿɥѽ䰁ѕQ́ɽqAəɵ̸́=啅ȁ$݅́ݡ)ѽԁչѡЁ$ѡAȁѡe$ͼ䄁'eѼѡѡՉ́ݡɔ$)啐ѹ̰Q́ɽȁѡ́ɥ%ӊéɕЁ͕ͽȁݥѠѡЁ)䁍!IQٕ́剽䇊t)%ѥѼѡٔÁѡeȁ݅ɑ̰ѡQ́ɽ)չȁQȁͼɕ͕́ͽѡ)ٕ́ɥѡ͕ͽ()IMAI