Everything was prepared for great tennis and exciting matches, and then it started… the rain! Instead of beginning at 12 o’clock as planned, the final matches only started at four. Annoyed from waiting for such a long time, many visitors had already left the facilities at that point. Sadly, both finals would have deserved to take place in front of a large audience.
On side of the girls, Selma Stefania Cadar from Rumania, a complete outside, prevailed. Her final opponent, Russian Oksana Selekhmeteva, had little to offer against her tactical and clever game and was also slightly impaired by a small injury. The result was a clear 6-3 and 6-0, which doesn’t really reflect the top-class abilities of both players. By the way, Cadar was one of the few of nearly 180 participants who came to Berlin alone, without a coach or supervisor.
The result of the male juniors, 6-4 and 6-2, also didn’t represent the overall balance of the final match. The Italian Lorenzo Musetti finally won the title against the Argentinian Facundo Diaz Acosta, who had actually been the favourite of the match. Nevertheless, Klaus Eberhard, experienced sports director of the German Tennis Federation praised both, saying they had a high potential and that he is sure we will soon see their names in the upper places of the men’s world rankings.
Despite the unforeseen circumstances during the finals, the 42nd International German Junior Championships were a great success. And we can say with certainty that the audience has seen participants, who will soon be decorating the top places on the world rankings. After all, the motto of the tournament has always been right: