The ITF has announced the 17 players who will form the international 18-and-under GSDF Teams that will tour Europe over a nine-week period this summer.
The teams are financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF), providing players not only with the opportunity to take part in top level international competition but also the invaluable experience of travelling abroad as part of a team under the guidance of an ITF coach.
The teams will be accompanied by five team coaches: Roberta Burzagli (BRA), Juan Manuel Esparcia (ESP), Petra Russegger (AUT), Suresh Menon (MAS) and Gianluca Carbone (ITA).
The teams and their schedules are as follows:
Boys Ray Ho (TPE) Stefan Palosi (ROU) Daniel Michalski (POL) Philip Henning (RSA)
Girls Daniela Vismane (LAT) Sada Nahimana (BDI) Maria Gabriela Rivera Corado (GUA) Gergana Topalova (BUL) Mariam Dalakishvili (GEO)
'A' Team schedule
9-13 MayTraining camp in Italy14-20 May40th Torneo "Città Di Santa Croce" Mauro Sabatini, Italy (Grade 1)21-27 May59th Trofeo Bonfiglio - Campionati Internazionali d'Italia Juniores, Italy (Grade A)28 May-2 JuneTraining camp in Italy (on red clay)/ITF Pro Circuit tournament (for boys with a professional ranking only)3-9 JuneRoland Garros Junior French Championships (Grade A)24-30 JuneTraining camp in England (on grass)1-6 JulyJunior International Roehampton (Grade 1)7-15 JulyThe Junior Championships, Wimbledon (Grade A)
Boys Seon Yong Han (KOR) Sebastian Rodriguez (PER) Minjong Park (KOR) Alexander Zgirovsky (BLR)
Girls Oona Orpana (FIN) Romina Ccuno (PER) Rut Galindo (GUA) Ana Geller (ARG)
'B' team schedule
26-29 AprilTraining camp in Italy30 April-6 May35th Torneo Bayer di Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy (Grade 2)8-13 May26th Torneo Internazionale Città di Prato, Italy (Grade 2)14-20 May40th Torneo "Città Di Santa Croce" Mauro Sabatini, Italy (Grade 1)21-27 May59th Trofeo Bonfiglio - Campionati Internazionali d'Italia Juniores, Italy (Grade A)28 May-2 June54th Astrid Bowl Charleroi, Belgian International Junior Championships (Grade 1)3-9 JuneRoland Garros Junior French Championships (Grade A)
The Grand Slam® Development Fund was originally established in 1986 to encourage and increase competitive opportunities in developing tennis regions. With annual contributions from the four Grand Slam tournaments, the Fund has become an effective means to develop competitive tennis worldwide. The Fund has contributed more than $50 million to tennis development since its inception, with more than $3 million available for distribution in 2018.
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