Borotra Cup 2017 day 3: Czech Republic vs Croatia

My last day in Le Touquet, one more day of tennis disturbed by the rain. Due to bad weather on the morning, organizors postponed the final and decided to play the final indoors. When I arrive to the club, there are just a few empty seats left to watch the first match of the final between Czech Republic and Croatia.
And, in fact, there is no match between Czech number two Jonas Forejtek and Croatia number two Admir Kalender.
Much smaller than his opponent, but more dynamic, and with a more varied range of shots and a higher tennis IQ, Forejtek is in control from first point on. 6-2 6-1 for Forejtek, 1-0 for Czech Republic.

2016 16&Under champions: Russia

Russia has become last year the first nation ever to win all of Tennis Europe's 16 & Under team competitions in the same year, having captured both the boys’ and girls’ 16 & Under European Winter and Summer Cups titles.
The top seeded Russians were forced to come from behind to secure victory at the boys’ finals in Le Touquet, France. Czech Tomas Machac defeated Alen Avidzba in three sets in the first rubber. Timofey Skatov conceded just two games to Ondrej Styler to level the tie. Avidzba then returned to the court alongside Alexey Zakharov to beat Styler and Evzen Holis 6-3 6-0 to secure the Borotra Cup title for a third time.

Next, the match between Czech number one Dalibor Svrcina and Croatia number one Duje Adjukovic, who upset the number one of the 16&Under category, Timofey Skatov in the quarterfinals. The game kept viewers on their toes until the very last point. Svrcina came back from nowhere to beat the guy in form, Adjukovic, and bring a second point to his team, a point synonymous with victory.
The Croat was on fire and led 4-1 after 15 minutes. Powerful and precise, he won the first set 6-3. It looked like he would win the match quite easily in straight sets. But an exchange of break of serves changed the the physiognomy of the match in the second set. Adjukovic started to miss a lot while Svrcina kept fighting. 6-4 for the Czech. Svrcina is on roll, Adjukovic loses his nerves. A tense end of match with a few refereeing mistakes. Serving for the match at 5-3, the Czech saves two break points and wins 3-6 6-4 6-3. After suffering defeats at the last hurdle in 2003, 2009 and 201§, Czech Republic is the European champion for the first time since 1999!

Full results: 1. Czech Republic 2. Croatia 3. Italy 4. Belgium 5. Russia 6. France 7. Spain 8. Romania

Back in 2013, Rublev vs Zverev

In 2013, Russia led by Andrey Rublev defeated Germany's Sascha Zverev in the final.
Russian #3 player Evgeny Tyurnev raced to a 6-4 6-2 victory over Fabian Fallert in the first match. The second match was a battle between two of the top three-ranked European players as Russia’s newly-crowned European Junior Champion Andrey Rublev took on Alexander Zverev, a former 14 & Under Tennis Europe Junior Masters winner. Rublev had to work hard, and recovered from the loss of the first set and sealed Russia's victory with a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win. Rublev later returned to the court alongside Roman Safiullin, to complete their fifth consecutive 3-0 win of the tournament, beating Tim Sandkaulen and Fabian Fallert 7-5 7-6. Source: Tennis Europe
Four years later, Sascha Zverev having won his first Masters 1000 title in Rome is now member of the top 10, and Andrey Rublev just won his first ATP title in Umag.

Kudos to the Touquet Tennis Club, who organized a top event, despite the multiple rain delays. Kudos to all the players and coaches. I wish all the best to all the players out there, for the rest of the season and their future career, hoping to see some of them play in the Roland Garros junior tournament next year, or at Lille tournament (like Karen Khachanov who played in Le Touquet in 2012 and won in Lille in 2015), or why not in Roland Garros main draw in the near future.
It's quite difficult to say if one of them will be a top player in the next years, as no player really stood out from the rest of the pack; a lot can happen till then and the transition between juniors and pro is often difficult to handle. Anyway I plan to attend the tournament again next year.

To end up that recap, a few more pictures from Le Touquet:

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