ITF Asian Juniors
Philippine Junior Improves to Top 100 ITF Ranking
Jurence Zosimo Mendoza
October 30, 2012, ITS Staff - Youthful Jurence Zosimo Mendoza of the Philippines recently entered the Top 100 ranking of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit after reaching consecutive finals in the Boys 18-&-under Grade 2 and 3 tournaments in Xiamen and in Hong Kong respectively, including a round of 16s finish at last week’s Grade A World Junior Championships in Osaka, Japan.
The sixteen year-old moved up to No.83, from 94 last week and from No.331 at the beginning of the 2012 season. Mendoza entered his fifth career junior finals at the Hong Kong Open Junior Tennis Championships last October 6 where he defeated Swiss Junior Adrian Bodmer 6-2 6-3 in the finals to win his third career ITF Junior title since December 2, 2010.
Mendoza, who surrendered only one set in the tournament (vs Thailand’s Teeradorn Tortrakul QF 3-6 6-3 6-2), defeated Tim van Rijthhoven of the Netherland 6-4 6-2 in the semifinals.
The victory in Hong Kong came after a disappointing loss in the finals of the Xiamen Junior Championships where the Tennis in Subic Bay-trained Mendoza lost in three sets to ITF No.58 China’s Weiqiang Zheng 6-1 2-6 6-3.
In last week’s Group 1 World Junior Championships in Osaka, Mendoza beat India’s Suraj Prabodh 6-4 6-3 in the first round, then outlasted local junior star Soichiro Moritani of Japan 4-6 6-4 6-0 in the second round before bowing out to No.19 ranked Borna Coric of Croatia 7-5 6-2 in the round of 16s.
Coric, who is considered as the best Croatian junior player, is being groomed by the 2001 Wimbledon Champion and four-time finalist Goran Ivanisevic for future ATP stints. The Zagreb-born, and not-yet-16 (Nov.14, 1996) rising talent mixes men’s competition with his ITF junior schedule.
Earlier in the season in March, Mendoza made his presence felt during the ITF Group 1 Mitsubishi Lancer International Junior Championships in Manila. Although he came-up short in his quest to become the first Filipino to win the coveted title losing out to Nikola Milojevic of Serbia 7-6 6-0 in the semifinals, Mendoza produced a string of three consecutive straight set wins over No.44 James Frawley of Australia (6-1 6-4 RD2), Siyu Liu of China (7-6 6-4 RD3) and Jack Schipanski of Australia (6-3 6-3 QF).
Under the guidance of ITS Subic's Martin Misa, the persistent and hard-working junior has been training over the summer with former Swiss Davis Cup player Dominik Utzinger of Basel, and under Philippine Davis Cup Captain Roland Kraut and National Coaches Chris Cuarto, and Alexander Toledo who guided 2009 Australian Open Junior Doubles Champion Francis Casey Alcantara.
TOP TEN ASIAN PLAYERS IN ITF BOYS JUNIOR CIRCUIT
As of October 29, 2012
1. KAICHI UCHIDA, JAPAN NO.7
2. HYEON CHUNG, KOREA NO.17
3. YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA, JAPAN NO.18
4. TEMUR ISMAILOV, UZBEKISTAN NO.45
5. KU KEON KANG, KOREA NO.57
6. WEIQIANG ZHENG, CHINA NO.58
7. JAE HWAN KIM, KOREA NO.70
8. JURENCE ZOSIMO MENDOZA NO.83
9. CHENG-YU YU, TAIPEI NO.88
10. TAKSHI SAITO, JAPAN NO.91
source: ITF Junior Ranking