Miami – Florida, Crandon Park – Great practice in a great venue for JNTA players Anastasia Kulikova and Oona Orpana in preparation for Orange Bowl Junior.

The 2 girls with coach Federico Ricci practice in the main centre court stadium for one of the biggest tournaments of the year on the ATP and WTA calendar: the Sony Open!

A bit of tension at the beginning to play on the same court where the likes of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova normally play, but when the initial tension was gone the girls also practiced like real professionals!

Sandpiper, Florida – Another great tournament for JNTA player Anastasia Kulikova. Anastasia displayed great fighting abilities at the Nike Junior Tour International Master. “Nastia” played 12 sets in 3 days before eventually cramping badly int he last set 2 sets of the semifinal. Nastia was almost on brink of retiring from the the semi final match but her highly competitive spirit pushed her through to the end of the match anyway, unfortunately her movement was heavily effected by the camping and the final set score was 3-6.

On the same day, in the morning, Nastia had another marathon of 3 sets in the quart finals.

Congrats to Nastia for the unbelievable display of her fighting ability and the great wins against some of the best under 14 girls in the world.

Nastia is now enjoying the resort in Sandpiper and recovering from the hard matches while getting ready to compete at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

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Milan, Italy – JNTA Director, Ricci Federico, was invited by the Global Professional Tennis Coaches Association (GPTCA) to be a speaker at their symposium and courses in Milan.

Federico Ricci was honoured to be asked to present topics relative to the ITF Junior and Futures rules and regulation, and transitioning young players from juniors to professionals.

GPTCA is only global association for professional coaches and it is certified by the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). GPTCA courses are held all over the world to allow coaches to perfection their careers towards top-prfessional coaching and awarding them with ATP-certified diplomas of level-C or level-B.

Over 100 coaches were present at the last GPTCA course and symposium in Milan, Italy. Federico Ricci was among other speakers of the caliber of Toni Nadal, Claudio Pistolesi, Giorgio Di Palermo (ATP board), Alberto Castellani (GPTCA president), etc.

At the end of the 3 day-event an elite number of former professional tennis players and coaches were awarded with the highest class diploma by GPTCA and ATP (A-level diploma it’s an honorary title and can only be given by the board of GPTCA for outstanding achievements). Federico Ricci, JNTA head coach, was honoured to be among this restricted group of people receiving the A-Level diploma.

Switzerland – Great performances for 2 weeks in Switzerland for JNTA player Natalia Boltinskaia. “Nata” made it all the way to the semi-finals in the first week in the Tennis Europe Under 16 tournament. The following week, “Nata” completed the great 2 weeks with a final victory in the under 14 tournament.

Great job Nata and good luck this week in the ITF tournament in Norway!

Ipoh, Malaysia – Good week to start the Asian tour of tournaments for Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa. The 2 JNTA players won another ITF junior doubles title by beating the Kellerman brothers from South Africa in the final with the score of 7-6 6-3.

Congratulation also to Patrik Niklas-Salminen for reaching the semi-final of the single draw before losing to Abdul Razak of Malaysia 6-3 7-6 in very hard fought battle in the heat and humidity.

The boys will be competing next week in Kuching, Malaysia in the next ITF Grade 3.

Riga, Latvia – Another good at the TE 16 & Under in Riga for JNTA players!

Emil Ruusuvuori plays a very high level tight final against Rudolfs Mednis before losing with the score of 5-7 6-2 6-4. This was the third tight 3 set match for Emil this week and he displayed great tennis throughout the week competing against players mostly older than him, as he’s still only 14.

Anastasia Kulikova, only 13 years old, instead wins the single title with very strong performances especially towards the end of the tournament. In the final Anastasia won against Sokal with the score of 6-2 6-1.

Great week for both players!

Photo: Emil and Anastasia today before the finals.

Riga, Latvia – The last 2 weeks in Riga have been of great success for JNTA players. After Oona Orpana taking the singles and doubles titles last week in in the TE 12 & Under, this week Anastasia Kulikova and Emil Ruusuvuori marched through the final.

Anastasia (Nastia) Kulikova just won the semi-final with the score of 6-1 6-3 against fellow Russian Kholodnaya.

Emil Ruusuvuori completed another marathon success and in an outstanding match prevailed over number 1 seed Alexey Nesterov from Russia with the score of 6-4 6-7 6-4.

Emil had previously eliminated also number 3 seed Mashtakov from Ukraine with the score of 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Great performances from both JNTA players, good luck in the final tomorrow!!