Nike Junior International: Stars of tomorrow competing in Bolton


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Junior tennis player Derrick Chen at the Nike Junior International

A select field of some of the most talented young tennis players in the world are in Bolton, Lancashire, for the Nike Junior International (January 13-20).

The event in Bolton is a grade 1 Tennis Europe 14&under event, and ever since the inaugural event as Teen Tennis in 1995 it has provided a stepping stone for some of the sport's top players.

Past winners of the tournament include, amongst others, the current World No.1 Andy Murray and Justine Henin.

A number of previous entrants have gone on to reach the world’s top 10, including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Ursula Radwanska, Lucie Safarova, Marcus Baghdatis, and Tomas Berdych.

In 2017, the boy’s list is headed up by British number 1 Derrick Chen. Ranked number 5 in Europe, the 13 year old from Cambridge, will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Andy Murray, who won in 2001, and at the time became the third British player to win the event.

Based on ranking, Chen’s main contenders for the title include 12 year old Croatian, Mili Poljicak, ranked 8 in Europe and looking to make the step up from competing in 12&under events in 2016, Stefan Popovic, from Serbia, ranked 9 in Europe, plus American Toby Kodat, from Brandenton, Florida.

The girl’s list is headed up by British number 2 Kylie Bilchev, who reached the quarter finals a year young in 2016, and is currently ranked 9 in Europe. The 13 year old from Ipswich, won 5 Tennis Europe singles titles in 2016, and will be looking to start 2017 with her first singles title at a Tennis Europe Grade 1 event. French girl Elsa Jacquemont, and Belgian Tilwith Di Girolami are Bilchev’s closest ranked rivals in search of the prestigious title.

Qualifying is Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14, with the main draw January 15-20.

Past Winners


Boys final

Girls final


Simon Dickson (GBR) bt Oliver Rochus (BEL)

Justine Henin (BEL) bt Andrea Coultor (CAN)


Stephen Wauters (BEL) bt Renaud Thys (BEL)

Hannah Collin (GBR) bt Kim Clijsters (BEL)


Dirk Stegman (RSA) bt Vladimir Portnov (RUS)

Elena Bovina (RUS) bt Lina Krasnorutskaya (RUS)


Matthew Smith (GBR) bt Frank Dancevic (CAN)

Galina Fokina (RUS) bt Alex Zerkalova (RUS)


Goran Vujaklija (CRO) bt Robert Yim (USA)

Ashley Harkleroad (USA) bt Renate Ljukovcan (YUG)


Dennis Matsoukevitch (RUS) bt Tom Rushby (GBR)

Dinara Safina (RUS) bt Whitney Deason (USA)


Andy Murray (GBR) bt Ervin Eleskovic (SWE)

Lucie Safarova (RUS) bt Ekaterina Nanova (RUS)


Marcus Fugate (USA) bt Scott Dickson (GBR)

Timea Bacsinszkv (SUI) bt Evgenia Rodina (RUS)


Donald Young (USA) bt Dennis Lajola (USA)

Logan Hansen (USA) bt Jade Curtis (GBR)


Andrew Thomas (AUS) bt Pascal Benz (GER)

Madison Brengle (USA) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)


Lazare Kukhalashvili (USA) bt Ryan Harrison (USA)

Gail Brodsky (USA) bt Gracia Radovanovic (FRA)


Raymond Sarmiento (USA) bt Daniel Berta (SWE)

Katarina Pallivets (CAN) bt Anastasia Mukhametova (RUS)


Anton Volkov (RUS) bt Lukas Vrnak (CZE)

Polina Vinogradova (RUS) bt Meteja Kraljevic (SUI)


Evgeni Karlovski (RUS) bt Edward Nguyen (CAN)

Polina Leikina (RUS) bt Grace Min (USA)


Nikola Milojevic (SRB) bt Evan Hoyt (GBR)

Sachia Vickery (USA) bt Vicky Duval (USA)



Stefan Kozlov (USA) bt Thomas Brechemier (FRA)

Gabrielle Andrews (USA) bt Brooke Austin (USA)


Stefan Kozlov (USA) bt Henrik Wiersholm (USA)

Anastasia Rychagova (RUS) bt Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)


Francis Tiafoe (USA) bt Michael Mmoh (USA)

Maia Lumsden (GBR) bt Tornado Black (USA)


Corentin Montiet (FRA) bt Ergi Kirkin (TUR)

Catherine Cartan Bellis (USA) bt Lucie Wargnier (FRA)


Nicola Kuhn (GER) bt Andrew Fenty (USA)

Maria Tanasescu (CAN) bt Anda Karanusic (CRO)


Anton Matusevich (USA) bt Lodewijk Weststrate (NED)

Caty McNally (USA) bt Amanda Anisimova (USA)


Harold Mayot (FRA) bt Borna Devald (CRO)

Alexa Noel (USA) bt Qinwen Zheng (CHN)

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