2015: FIJI-AUGUST 2015
Australians dominated the 14th Annual Oceania Closed Junior Championships played on the newly resurfaced courts at the Regional Tennis Centre in Lautoka in the first week of August. Blake Ellis, a member of the Australian Junior Davis Cup team in 2015, was un-seeded in the Boy’s singles but went right through the draw without dropping a set to take the title. In the final he played compatriot and top seed Scott Jones to win easily 6-2 6-3. Ellis also combined with Jones to claim the Boy’s Doubles over 4th seeded Australian pairing of Moerani Bouzige and Matthew Romios 6-2 7-5
The Girl’s Singles was won by Jaimee Fourlis who will represent Australia at the Junior Fed Cup finals in Madrid in September. Fourlis was totally dominant in the final beating surprise finalist Violet Apisah (PNG) 6-1 6-0. Fourlis’ toughest match came in the quarterfinals where she beat 5thseed Rosie Cheng (NZL) 6-3, 6-2. In an all Australian girls doubles final, Fourlis and partner Baijing Lin clinched the match in a Match Tiebreak against 2nd seeds Selina Turulja and Nicole Kraemer 6-0 5-7 10-5.
Violet Apisah was the standout player from the Pacific reaching the Doubles Semi-Finals as well as the Singles Finals. No other Pacific players won main draw singles matches but Larry Magalasin (ASA), Graham Mani (SOL) and Terry Rush (FSM) all had wins over Australian or New Zealand players in the Boy’s Consolation event. Vienna Kumar and Patricia Apisah (PNG) won matches in the Girl’s consolation.
A Mixed Doubles event was run on the last two days and this proved popular and competitive. Australians Kaitlin Staines and Thomas Bosancic won an entertaining final over Catherine Kreuger (AUS) and Ajeet Rai (NZL) 4-1 5-4 (3). The Pacific pairing of Carol Lee (NMI)/Terry Rush (FSM) reached the semi finals and the pairings of Patricia Apisah (PNG)/Junior Benjamin (SOL) and Ayana Rengiil (PAL)/Larry Magalasin (ASA) reached the quater-finals.
The OCJC was held in early August 2014 in Lautoka, Fiji with 7 of the 8 Boy’s quarter-finalists hailing from Australia. In the Final, the 5th seed Max Purcell (AUS) defeated his compatriot Daniel Nolan, the 3rd seed, in two very tight sets 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)
The Girl’s Singles Final also saw 7 of the 8 quarter finalist being from Australia. The final saw the top seed, Naiktha Bain (AUS) play 2nd seed Sara Tomic (AUS) with Tomic outlasting her opponent in a match of extremely hard hitting 6-4, 6-3.
In the Boy’s Doubles Final, New Zealander William Matheson, defending his 2013 Doubles Title, and his partner Brian Tran (AUS), the second seeds were too strong for the Australian pairing of Kody Pearson and Lucas Vuradin, winning 6-4, 6-3.
The Girl’s Doubles Final saw the top seeded Australia pairing of Naiktha Bain and Sara Tomic beat Rosie Cheng (NZL) and Maddison Inglis (AUS) 7-5, 6-4. In 2003 the Mixed Doubles was cancelled due to inclement weather but this year the weather was fantastic for tennis all week. 12 pairs contested the Mixed Doubles with Australians Benard Nkomba and Kayla McPhee upsetting top seeds Mitchell Harper and Alicia Smith, also of Australia, in the final 5-4, 4-2
The Oceania Closed Junior Championships will be held in Lautoka, Fiji from the 4th-8th August 2014. The Fact Sheet can be accessed here OCJC ITF Junior Fact Sheet 2014
The Oceania Closed Junior Championships (OCJC) commence on Monday 14th August. Below is the Tournament Software link to the draws etc
The 3 Chair Umpires for the 2013 OCJC from Left: Ben Carter (AUS); Pierre Messonier (CAL)
and Caroline Dupuy (CAL)
The acceptance list for the OCJC is as per this link OCJC Acceptance List 7 August
The Fact sheet for the 2013 Oceania Closed Junior Championships (OCJC) can be accessed by clicking on the following link OCJC ITF Junior Fact Sheet 2013
The Oceania Closed Junior Championships (OCJC) is for member nations of the Oceania Tennis Federation only.
Tennis Australia and Tennis New Zealand have special selection criteria for their players. Australian and New Zealand players should refer to their National Associations before entering. All entries are to be made online through the ITF IPIN system.
Players from Pacific Nations are to enter online through the IPIN system as well and will be selected according to the published criteria or will qualify on performance at the Pacific Oceania Junior Closed Championships(POCJC), an event for Pacific nation players only.
In 2013 the event will be held from the 19th-23rd August in Lautoka, Fiji. a fact sheet will be posted on here in the immediate future.