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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Razeghi and Jovic Advance on First Day of Roland Garros Juniors Championships, No. 3 Seed Budov Kjaer Ousted; Tien and Broadfoot Claim $15K Titles in San Diego; Krueger Wins Little Rock Challenger; Miami Fills Men's Head Coaching Position, Yaroshuk-Tews Promoted

The first day of the Roland Garros Junior Championships wasn't good to the boys seeds, with four of the seven in action Sunday failing to advance, including No. 3 seed Nicolia Budkov Kjaer of Norway.

Budkov Kjaer, who reached the semifinals at the ITF J500 in Milan two weeks ago and won his second ITF $15K last month in Turkey, was beaten by qualifier Henry Bernet of Switzerland, with the 6-3, 6-1 score nearly as surprising as the result. It is not an unimaginable upset however, with the two having met in the ITF J300 final in France in April, and Budkov Kaher surviving that encounter 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. The ITF Junior Circuit's reporter on the scene, Courtney Walsh, spoke with the 17-year-old Bernet about his one-handed backhand and the obvious comparisons with Roger Federer that it generates.

The other boys seeds who lost Sunday are No. 11 seed Mees Rottgering of the Netherlands, No. 9 seed Jangjun Kim of Korea and No. 15 seed Thomas Faurel of France. The only girls seed, of the eight in action, to lose was No. 8 Ena Koike of Japan, who was beaten by Gloria Nahum of Benin 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

The results of the five American in action today are below, with No. 10 seed Iva Jovic and unseeded Alexander Razeghi earning victories. Jovic had relatively little difficulty with ITF No. 36 Gaeul Jang of Korea, posting a 6-2, 6-2 win; Razeghi trailed 5-2 in the second set tiebreaker in his match with French wild card Lucas Marionneau, but won the last five points of the match for a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory.

Sunday's results in matches featuring American juniors:
Alexander Razeghi d. Lucas Marionneau[WC](FRA) 6-3, 7-6(5)
Andres Santamarta Roig[SE](ESP) d. Ian Mayew 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Daniil Sarksian(RUS) d. Matthew Forbes 6-2, 6-1

Laima Vladson(LTU) d. Monika Ekstrand[Q] 6-2. 2-6, 6-1
Iva Jovic[10] d. Gaeul Jang(KOR) 6-2, 6-2

The nine other Americans in the draw play their first round singles matches on Monday. Doubles first round play begins Monday, with 10 boys first round matches and 9 girls first round matches. Tyra Grant and Iva Jovic are the No. 4 seeds; Kate Fakih, who lost in the final round of singles qualifying, will be playing doubles with Emily Sartz-Lunde of Norway. Two American boys teams are seeded, with Kaylan Bigun and Jagger Leach No. 4 and Australian Open and Milan J500 champions Maxwell Exsted and Cooper Woestendick the No. 7 seeds. As a reminder, the ITF junior doubles seedings have nothing to do with the results of a team or the likelihood of their advancing; rather the combined rankings of the two players entered are divided by two and the lower that number, the higher the seed.

Monday's Roland Garros first round junior matches featuring Americans:
Cooper Woestendick v Andreas Timini(CYP)
Jagger Leach v Daniele Rapagnetta[Q](ITA)
Kaylan Bigun[5] v Viktor Frydrych(GBR)
Maxwell Exsted v Nathan Trouve(FRA)
Jack Kennedy v Joel Schwaerzler[2](AUT)

Tyra Grant[4] v Julia Stusek(GER)
Thea Frodin v Mingge Xu[7](GBR)
Kristina Penickova v Emily Sartz-Lunde(NOR)
Kaitlyn Rolls[15] v Sonja Zehnikhova(GER)

Two-time defending Kalamazoo 18s champion Learner Tien(USC), returning to competition after a three-month injury absence, added a singles title to the doubles title he won yesterday at the SoCal Pro Series $15,000 tournament in San Diego. The top-seeded 18-year-old from Irvine California defeated No. 2 seed Karue Sell(UCLA) of Brazil 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 for his fourth career Pro Circuit singles title. Tien, who needs matches after not playing since February, is entered in next week's $15K in San Diego, which begins with qualifying on Monday. He will break into the ATP Top 400 for the first time when the points from this week's title are added.

NC State rising sophomore Gabriella Broadfoot won her first ITF women's World Tennis Tour singles title today in San Diego, with the 19-year-old qualifier from South Africa defeating No. 4 seed Lisa Zaar of Sweden 6-2, 7-6(2) in the final. Broadfoot, who couldn't crack the Wolfpack's starting lineup with any regularity, playing just eight matches at lines 5 and 6, was making her USTA Pro Circuit debut this year, after going 0-2 in USTA Pro Circuit main draw matches last year.

No. 6 seed Mitchell Krueger won his fifth ATP Challenger title and his second of the year at the 75 in Little Rock Arkansas today beating unseeded Yuta Shimuzu of Japan 6-3, 6-4. The 30-year-old from Texas, who won the Indian Wells Challenger I 50 in January, is now back into the ATP Top 200 after ending last year at 283 and not making the qualifying at the Australian Open or Roland Garros this year.

The University of Miami announced two personnel changes to its tennis program two days ago, with long-time women's coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews named the Director of Men's and Women's Tennis at Miami, a new position, while retaining her position as women's head coach. Yaroshuk-Tews's associate head coach Alex Santos, who has been an associate women's head coach in Coral Gables on two occasions, most recently in the past four years, will take over the open position as men's head tennis coach.