Slovenian Svit Suljic and American Iva Jokic win Orange Bowl titles
Svit Suljic is the first Slovenian junior on the boys side to win the Junior Orange Bowl in the 12s or 14s section
Slovenia’s Svit Suljic has won the Boys’ 12 division of the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in Miami, Florida while American Iva Jokic won the Girls’ 14 division event.
Svit Suljic, who currently trains at the Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France, defeated Colombia’s Juan Miguel Bolivar 6-3, 6-0 in the final.
Suljic’s win puts him among a list of 12s champions that includes former world No 1s Jimmy Connors and Andy Roddick.
He is the first Slovenian junior on the boys side to win the Junior Orange Bowl in the 12s or 14s section.
In the all-American Junior Girls’ 14s final, top-seeded Jokic scored a 6-3, 6-0 win over fourth-seeded Shannon Lam.
In the semi-finals of the Boys 14 event, third seed Darwin Blanch defeated unseeded Argentine Valentin Garay 6-2, 6-4. He will meet Colombian Alejandro Arcila in the final after the fifth seed defeated Calvin Baieri, the No 6 seed, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
In the Girls’ 12s semis, third-seeded Lei Belibova, of Moldova, defeated ninth seed Nancy Lee, of the United States, while top seeded Russian Christina Lyutova beat eighth-seeded American Zaire Clarke in a three-hour marathon.